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JICA implementing a project for capacity development for South Sudan customs services with support from URA Uganda

JICA and URA is planning to conduct media conference on how South Sudanese people can be trained and improve customs administration based on Harmonized System code (HS code) the training will commence next at a Training Center Rotary Avenue-Lugogo. Japanese institution is leading organization that support South Sudanese people through training under the ODA and JICA named “The project for Capacity Development of South Sudan Customs Services for Introduction of Harmonized System code”
(P.I.H.S.) it had implemented number of capacity development for South Sudan Customs Service (SSCS) since June 2016. This project aims to introduce the Harmonized
System (HS) code to SSCS and improve efficiency of customs procedures at borders, including collection of tariffs. The project facilitates smooth trade and is important given that South Sudan is a land locked country and depends on cross-border trade with Kenya and Uganda as a member country of the East African Community (EAC). The HS code will also enable South Sudan to compile internationally comparable trade statistics.

However, due to the political unrest in South Sudan, Japanese experts are not allowed to continue working in South Sudan because of political crisis but for now is stable thus, it was agreed to implement project activities in Uganda and project has received great support from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
So far, seven HS trainings for approximately 60 customs officers and two trainings for 60 Clearing Agents in cumulative total number have been done by JICA
experts and URA experts. They have also developed explanatory notes for South Sudan through case studies and learned ways of classifying the commodities execution. Besides, three statistics trainings have been conducted for approximately 90 customs officers by JICA experts and URA experts. Knowledge to apply correct and accurate trade statistics was imparted to them. They grasped key principles of basic mathematics, trade statistics and basic computer skills.
Project deputy chief, Mr. Numaguchi said “I am so happy that our activities assist South Sudanese people and improve their normal activities so far we still have two more years to conduct further trainings to develop SSCS and Clearing Agents capacity based on what they got and we have done”
finally HS code is the six digits code to classify goods and widely used for customs procedure. The HS code is provided in the HS Nomenclature. The Nomenclature is the Annex of the HS convention and consists of Section, Chapter, Heading and Subheading (6 digit) 208 countries and economies apply. (as of May 2016).
The HS code will also enable South Sudan to compile internationally comparable trade statistics.
Uganda and project has received great support from Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
Project Profile
Purpose: Customs administration based on Harmonized System code (HS code) is introduced in the Republic of South Sudan.
Duration: June 2016 – September 2019.
Budget: JPY 400 Million (appx. USD 4 Million).
Type: Technical Cooperation.
Location: Juba, Nimule (South Sudan), Kampala, Entebbe (Uganda).
Partners: Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning South Sudan Customs Services (SSCS).

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