The Mauritanian minister of finance, Mohamed Lemine O. Dhehbi, revealed Tuesday that the customs revenues for last year reached 212 billion old ouguiyas, despite the decline in global trade exchanges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During a speech on the occasion of international customs day, the minister said that customs ensures the enforcement of international trade laws and monitors the qualities of products, in addition to the fight against trafficking.
Ould Dhebi added that the finance department has worked to improve the customs capacities through training, recruitment, rehabilitation, and construction of infrastructures, affirming that this year will witness the adoption of digital clearance as an important step towards digital payment.
The minister pointed out the COVID-19 has led the country to adopt social emergency programs to alleviate the repercussions of the pandemic.
He said they are seeking to develop the public finance management system to enhance the independence of the managers; introduce analytical tools and eliminate the physical nature of treasury receipts to update the means of payment.
Customs revenues for the year 2019 reached 22.5 billion ouguiyas ( new ouguiya).