28 Jan 2015 12:49pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) The Namibia Customs and Excise under the Ministry of Finance joined the rest of the world on Monday to celebrate the World International Customs day.
The day was celebrated here under the theme Co-ordinated Border Management an Inclusive approach in connecting Stakeholders.
It is celebrated to commemorate the first official conference of the Customs Co-operation Council, now known as the World Customs Organisation (WCO).
The WCO have over 177 custom administration members across the world, and it was established in the year 1952 as an autonomous body to enhance the efficacy and effectiveness of the customs administrations all across the world.
The World customs day is celebrated annually on 26 January.
The WCO was established with the aim of promoting security and simplification of customs and procedures, promotion of revenue collection in fair, effective and efficient way, protect society, public health and safety and strengthen capacity building.
The Minister of Finance, Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila, said in her speech presented on her behalf by the Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Bevan Simataa, that although the Namibia Customs and Excise is new among Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) customs administrations, it has the best equipped administration in terms of human capacity and technology in the region.
Customs administrations are the key to ensuring their seamless facilitation thereby unlocking and leveraging the competitiveness of the international movement of global trade and logistics, said Kuungongelwa.
She said globalisation and trade liberation pose serious challenges and opportunities to customs administrations.
The finance minister said customs and excise administration need to pause and examine their economic and social projections and benchmark them against international best practices.
The minister also said customs and excise administrations have taken a front line of support in trade negotiations and signing of free trade and economic partnership agreements.
The kind of relationship between customs officials and its stakeholders is continuously built around partnerships.We should communicate effectively to facilitate trade whilst making our borders safe and securing our territorial integrity, she said.