Uphold high levels of professionalism and integrity: Saara

03 Feb 2014 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) - Finance minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called on all Namibian customs’ staff to ‘translate’ the Customs and Excise Employee Code of Ethics into practically achievable deliverables.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila made the appeal during the launch of the Namibia Customs and Excise Employee Code of Ethics, which coincided with the celebration of World International Customs’ Day here on Monday.
The Day is commemorated annually on 26 January, which fell on a Sunday this year. It was hosted on Monday under the theme “Communication: Sharing Information for better cooperation”.
Some of these ethics entail that the public should expect all customs’ employees to be honest, impartial and professional; that they should maintain an environment which encourages ethical behaviour among all customs’ employees; and that they should report inappropriate behaviour.
“You are the primary champions in the immediate implementation of the Code of Ethics, hence we expect you to set up measurable targets based on these key factors,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.
The minister further called on customs’ staff to uphold high levels of professionalism and integrity in all their interactions at all times.
She said the management of the finance ministry will monitor closely the developments in this area, and any staff member who makes him or herself guilty of any offence related to corruption, can be assured that the full force of the law will be applied against them.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said each Customs and Excise officer will be issued with a copy of the Code of Ethics, and they are expected to sign, together with their heads of offices, a tear-off page, which is a ‘receipt of acknowledgment’.
“I wish to re-emphasise that if an organisation like Customs and Excise does not constantly monitor and adapt its operations to the changing environment within which it operates, it is destined to fail to deliver on its mandate.
“In the face of these conflicting but dynamic forces lies a critical need on our part as Namibia Customs and Excise administration to pause and examine our economic and social projections, and benchmark them against international best practices,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.