By Maimuna Sey-Jawo
At list 20 top customs officers of the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) under the Customs Department has on Monday kicked off a two-week 2nd training on induction, at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.
During the two weeks convergence, participants are expected to learn and understand customs legislation and procedures, trade facilitation, risk management, ethics and integrity, service rules, code of conduct, international customs among other things.
Speaking at the opening remarks, the Commissioner General of the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) Mr. Yankuba Darboe, said: “I am glad to inform you that this training for GRA staff under the customs department is in response to the Authority’s request made to the International Monitory Fund (IMF) AFRICTAC WEST 2 Centre for technical assistance in support of our Customs reforms and modernization efforts within the GRA corporate strategic plan 2015-2019.”
According to him, the training is designed to provide basic but detailed knowledge and understand customs legislation and procedures, trade facilitation, risk management, ethics and integrity, service rules, code of conduct, international customs among other things.
Darboe used the opportunity to challenge all participants at the training to take the forum seriously and attend it on time.
He thanked the IMF AFRITAC WEST 2 Centre for the assistance and support to the Authority while also thanking the GRA trainers for their commitment and dedication in sharing their knowledge with colleagues.
For his part Mr. Philip Wood Regional Advisor of AFRITAC WEST 2, said this is a pilot program and “we are supporting GRA officials by training them on induction in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of what they are doing.”
He assured AFRITAC WEST 2 commitment to continue supporting the Authority.