The WCO launched its national Customs Enforcement Network (nCEN) application in Botswana in October 2014. Following the pilot projects in Mauritius and Kenya, the nCEN is already operational in Namibia, Swaziland, and the Seychelles, providing these countries crucial opportunities for regional cooperation in the enforcement field.
After an official meeting in Gaborone with the Executive Management Committee as well as with the General Managers of Botswana Unified Revenue Service, the WCO delegation conducted an eight-day nCEN Workshop intended to provide local officers with the necessary knowhow about the nCEN application, with an ultimate goal of improving the operational efficiency and analytical possibilities of their Administration. The workshop also touched upon the other WCO applications, giving valuable insight on the additional data mining and information exchange potential of the CEN suite.
The launch of the nCEN application in the region is financially supported by the Finish government as a component of the WCO project “Building Trade Capacity through Customs Modernization in the East and Southern Africa Region”, aiming at providing Customs Administrations with the necessary hardware and software as well as related knowledge and skills to implement simplified and improved customs procedures with modern customs operational techniques.
The nCEN application consists of three independent databases (a seizure database, a suspect database, and a company database), as well as a communication component. The core database of national seizures and offences comprises data required for analysis, including means of conveyance, routes, and the possibility to view photos depicting exceptional concealment methods. Two supplementary databases contain information on suspected persons and offending business entities, facilitating a structured investigation process.
The nCEN software is a free application for all WCO Members. The costs of the hardware needed to run the nCEN application, the costs associated with the training, and possible costs for modifications to the local IT infrastructure (if applicable), are however the responsibility of the implementing Customs Administration. Source: WCO