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U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Preclearance Field Office, Port Directors Summit in Abu Dhabi
November 13, 2019

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Wednesday, November 13, 2019 kicked off the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Preclearance Field Office (PCFO), Port Directors (PD) Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Port Director Summit was attended by 16 Preclearance Port Directors and Preclearance Field Office Leaders to strategically plan for the new fiscal year. The theme of this years PD Summit is “Imagine, Influence, Innovate.” The event provides Preclearance Field Office leadership from across the globe an opportunity to come together to collaborate. During the conference, the achievements of the previous fiscal year are reviewed and the goals for the next 12 months are outlined and discussed. The group will also tour the CBP Preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The delegation was lead by CBP Director of the Preclearance Field Office, Mr. Clint Lamm and hosted by CBP Port Director Greene.  The success event included special guest speakers, US Ambassador John Rakolta, Jr. and His Excellency Al Darmaki’s [CEO of the Kalifa Fund for Enterprise Development].

CBP Director of the Preclearance Field Office, Mr. Clint Lamm stated the following:

“Ambassador Rakolta’s emphasis on lessons learned based on our successes and failures, and creating an organizational culture that implements them, underscores the challenge I posed to the Port Directors – to act on the experiences they gained from the amazing opportunity of this summit.”

“As the most unique Field Office within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, His Excellency Al Darmaki’s [CEO of the Kalifa Fund for Enterprise Development] perspective on entrepreneurial approaches to business transformation and public-private partnerships resonated with Preclearance.  Strong international relationships support our ability to protect the homeland and our constant pursuit to enhance the services we provide.”

“We chose Abu Dhabi, UAE, for this summit because of its unique location and operating model, its robust enforcement posture, and our strong local relationships to discuss opportunities to imagine, influence, and innovate better ways to do CBP business.  There aren’t many locations that can provide Port Directors with a comparably fertile environment to promote leadership development for our agency.  Abu Dhabi Preclearance is an archetype of Preclearance enforcement operations and transformative business practices and partnerships such as we have with the UAE and Abu Dhabi Airports Company.”