Namibia Customs and Excise invests millions in staff training

28 Jan 2015 12:49pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JAN (NAMPA) – Namibia Customs and Excise (NCE) directorate under the Ministry of Finance, has invested over N.dollars 3 million in the training programme for its staff.
The Commissioner for Namibia Customs and Excise, Bevan Simataa, said this on Monday during the celebration of the World Customs Day under the theme 'Coordinated Boarder Management an inclusive approach in connecting stakeholders'.
Simataa said a three-year programme in boarder management and customs administration has been offered since last year.
He said more than 27 customs and excise staff have registered for the programmes and more staff will be registered in the years to come.
“We all have to go through this programme as a requirement for the academic, mental and emotional preparation in this division,” he said.
Simataa commended the staff for the work-well done during 2014 and encouraged them to continue delivering and adhere to the customs ethics.
“We want to convey our appreciation for your did to your did and job well done in 2014,” he said.
The Commissioner said the department has recorded a number of achievements such as the training of staff on how to use the inspection equipments, and analyse images.
Finance Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila in her speech read by Simataa, said the NCE remains the youngest among Southern African Development Community (SADC) customs administrations, boasts a vibrant and competes with the best equipped administration in terms of human capacity and technology in the region.
She said the directorate has made considerable efforts to aligning its legislation and procedures to Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) and World Customs Organisation (WCO) framework of standards.
“I wish to express my deepest appreciation to the management of Ministry of Finance, in particular our colleagues in the directorate of Customs and Excise for making the celebrations possible to the extent that they are held simultaneous in all the Customs Regional Offices across the country,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.
The World Customs Day is celebrated annually on 26 January to commemorate the first official conference of the Customs Co-operation Council, now called the World Customs Organisation, WCO.
The WCO has over 177 custom administration members, and is the only intergovernmental organisation which solely deals customs matters.
It was was established in the year 1952 as an autonomous body to enhance the efficacy and effectiveness of the customs administrations all across the world.