September 14, 2018
Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), together with other Customs Administrations in the East African Community (EAC) attended the first regional activity for the Master Trainer Programme (MTP) on Post-Clearance Audit (PCA), which was held in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania, on 10-14 September 2018.
The workshop was organized under the Project for Capacity Development for Trade Facilitation and Border Control in East Africa by JICA and the WCO (World Customs Organization) and it is the first workshop in a series of activities to be undertaken by the five countries in East Africa, namely Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, to enhance their capacity on the implementation of PCA. The Master Trainer Program or MTP is a program that has been implemented under the JICA/WCO Joint Project to develop sustainable and self-contained training capacity within the Customs administrations by developing (i) a pool of well-experienced trainers and (ii) regionally featured training materials and program to be used by these trainers.
In total, twenty (20) Customs officials nominated by the respective Revenue Authorities in East Africa participated in this workshop. During the workshop, each Revenue Authority shared its issues and challenges they are facing in the implementation of PCA as well as their efforts in strengthening customs control without jeopardizing trade facilitation measures. Invited experts from the WCO, East African Community (EAC) Secretariat and Japan Customs shared their knowledge and expertise on PCA from global, regional and national perspectives and contributed to the improvement of the knowledge and expertise of participants to be quality trainers. During the workshop, the participants jointly developed their work plan for the progressive activities to be followed and be jointly supported by JICA and the WCO.
Both JICA and WCO welcomed the strong ownership and commitment clearly demonstrated by the participants during the workshop and reaffirmed their support to the continuous efforts of Customs administrations in East Africa to ensure sustainable capacity development.