Monday, 22 November 2010

Bahrain and US sign a CMAA

Bahrain and US have signed a co-operation Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA). The agreement signed by Bahrain's Customs President Maj Gen Basim Yacob Al-Hamer and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Alan Bersin provides the legal framework for bilateral exchange of information between customs authorities.

“The signing of the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement illustrates the alliance and friendship as well as the cooperation between the United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain. I am confident that the confluence of national interest and personal respect will result in mutual benefit for both nations,” said Bersin.

The CMAA sets up a working framework for customs-to-customs technical assistance, information sharing, and law enforcement co-operation to enable greater trade and prevent customs crimes.

The CMAA will assist all parties in gathering evidence of trade fraud, transnational dealings, money laundering, unlawful exports and imports and substance smuggling. It will also work to curtain terrorism and human trafficking.

Source: Global Arab Network

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