JICA to strengthen custom officers

Custom officers take notes during intensive clearance and forwarding agents training

By Martin Manyiel Wugol  

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has trained hundreds of South Sudanese custom officers to manage the daily operation of customs’ duties to boost revenue collection.

The training that shall continue till the end of the year was meant to amplify the knowledge of clearing agents on filing appropriate customs declarations and execute HS codes for customs procedures such as import and export declarations in South Sudan.

South Sudan largely depends on oil revenue, which accounted for 71 percent of its national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 98 percent of its total revenue.

The role of South Sudan’s Customs in diversifying the revenue sources and increasing tax revenue through its proper operations has gained weight compared to the previous year.

Speaking to Juba Monitor, Mitsunori Numaguchi JICA representative said the second year training is aimed at work plan and project design matrix.

Numaguchi said they would continue to offer more training to customs officers to enable them manage the country’s borders through harmonized system of revenue collection to boost none-oil revenue collection.

He said that they wanted to building the capacity of custom officers and as well as to help them understand customs’ procedures and classification of goods and services with less difficulty.

According to Numaguchi, the implementation of correct work procedures and proper use of tariff books should be followed to establish the proper verification mechanism which will reduce occurrence of re-verification,” he said.

“The Gross Domestic Product needs to be supported by correct use of revenue collection in the country because government needs revenue to improve service delivery in the country,” he said.

Dr. Olympio Attipoe, Commissioner General of South Sudan National Revenue Authority (NRA) said the training was very timely and strategic because it will ensure proper service delivery.

“Revenue collection needs knowledgeable officers who know the laws and professionally trained to carry out the role very seriously,” Dr. Attipoe.

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