By Neneh Galleh Barry
At least some twenty top custom officers of The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) Monday began two week training program on induction at Kairaba Beach Hotel.
During the two week meeting participants are expected to learn and understand customs legislation and procedures, trade facilitation, risk management, ethics and integrity, service rules, code of conduct, among other things.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Commissioner General of GRA, Mr. Yankuba Darboe stressed that the training marked the beginning of the second induction forum.
“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,” Darboe explained.
According to GRA Commissioner General the two weeks training is designed to provide basic but detailed knowledge and understand of 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, make it engaging and participatory as well as not to be selfish to share with their colleagues who are not present.
He thanked the IMF AFRITAC WEST 2 Centre for the assistance and support to the authority as well as 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, revealed that this was a pilot program. “We are supporting GRA officials to train them on induction in other to increase their knowledge and understanding of what they are doing.” He assured AFRITAC WEST 2 commitment to continue supporting the Gambia revenue authority always.