Custom service officers trained on harmonized system coding

By Martin Manyiel Wugol

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has trained at least 30 South Sudanese Customs service officers on harmonized system coding to enable the existing system meet the international standards.

The three-day training was conducted in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

Speaking to the participants during the training, Mr. Dominic Malong Agar, Deputy Director of South Sudan Custom service said the East African community common external tariff seminar will improve service delivery and more importantly data management system given the introduction of harmonized system code.

The project officer in charge of coordination and training and evaluation, Ayumi Hori applauded the active participation of the customs service officers during the seminar, “This has encouraged us to plan for more capacity building because training human being is beneficial compared to investing in wars and programmes which are not useful to change life of South Sudanese people.”

Meanwhile, the Uganda Revenue Authority acting commissioner Mr. Charles Rumanyika said the importance of this training was to help both Uganda and South Sudan in the information sharing along the common border for the betterment of both citizens.

He added that the training will enhance South Sudan customs service since harmonized system has got well-defined data collection and data management system compared to the manual data collection system the country was using before.

Mr. Mitsunori Numaguch JICA Deputy Chief Advisor customs administration and harmonized system (HS) classification said their interest is to see that South Sudanese people manage their own customs service effectively in future.

“The training will give you courage and ability to deliver and change day to day customs service activities in South Sudan and to meet international standard through support and help from the partners,” Numaguch said.

The three days training covered topics like; the verification of the new tariff book with the rest of other East African community countries, planning the harmonized system HS code and classification and compiling statistics duties professionally.

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