Namibia to host World Customs Organisation regional meetings

The Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) will host meetings of the World Customs Organisation East and Southern Africa Region from 20 to 24 May.

NamRa spokesperson Yarukeekuro Ndorokaze says decisions made at the organisation’s governing council meeting in Madagascar last year will be the main focus of a regional steering group meeting in Namibia.

“The execution of trade agreements, revenue mobilisation, modernisation of customs and employee welfare will be important topics of debate,” Ndorokaze said on Thursday.

Ndorokaze said the organisation’s governing council meeting is expected to be attended by commissioners from all 24 World Customs Organisation Eastern and Southern Africa region member states, while the secretary general of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), Ian Saunders, is also scheduled to attend.

He said the meeting will be opened by Namibia’s minister of finance and public enterprises, Iipumbu Shiimi.

This is the second time in two years that NamRA will be hosting a WCO secretary general, after former WCO secretary general Kunio Mikuriya visited Namibia in July 2022, he said.

Ndorokaze said the WCO East and Southern Africa region is one of six regions under the WCO’s global leadership and plays an important role in providing leadership in sustainable customs capacity building and change management.

The WCO is an intergovernmental organisation that works to ensure the smooth and efficient flow of trade across borders. It currently has 183 member states.

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