Landmark East and Southern African Customs forum focuses on modernisation

February 2, 2014 — 4 Comments
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Participants from all 24 members of the WCO’s Eastern and South African region attended the forum. [SARS]

Customs officials from 24 eastern and southern African countries met in Pretoria this week to share knowledge and experience with regard to the successful modernisation of Customs administrations.

Opening the three-day forum, Erich Kieck, the World Customs Organisation’s Director for Capacity Building hailed it as a record breaking event.

“This is the first forum where all 24 members of the Eastern and Southern African region (ESA) of the WCO were all in attendance,” he noted. Also attending were officials from the WCO, SACU, the African Development Bank, Finland, the East African Community and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Michael Keen in the 2003 publication “Changing Customs: Challenges and Strategies for the Reform of Customs Administrations” said – “the point of modernisation is to reduce impediments to trade – manifested in the costs of both administration incurred by government and compliance incurred by business – to the minimum consistent with the policy objectives that the customs administration is called on to implement, ensuring that the rules of the trade game are enforced with minimum further disruption”

The three-day event witnessed several case studies on Customs modernisation in the region, interspersed with robust discussion amongst members. The conference also received a keynote addressed by Mr. Xavier Carim, SA Representative to World Trade Organisation (WTO), which provided first hand insight to delegates on recent events at Bali and more specifically the WTO’s Agreement on Trade Facilitation.

The WCO’s Capacity Building Directorate will be publishing a compendium of case studies on Customs Modernisation in the ESA region during the course of 2014.

WCO ESA members – Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Source: SARS

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4 responses to Landmark East and Southern African Customs forum focuses on modernisation

  1. 

    Thank you very much, it was really very pleasant day in Pretoria even if we were very late to attend on time as Djiboutian delegation

  2. 

    Thank you very much for the mail.
    It has been a very good time and it has given me hope that South Sudan Customs Service will one day be operating like our sister countries.
    We are still behind.
    Thanks,
    Richard Abe,
    SSCS- Juba.

  3. 

    When is wco, east and south Africa going to help south sudan so that to reach the international standards in terms of harmonization and modernization of procedures

  4. 

    Weak up wco esa help south sudan customs service to reach the top international standards as the rest of her sister countries, ,,,, trainings ,,,,, trainings, ,, tot ,,,,, trainings and so many, zizi south sudan customs service, ,,,,, administrators,

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