Senior customs officials, experts including government tax officials from across Africa are in Kenya for a two-day World Customs Organization (WCO) conference that kicks off in Nairobi on Thursday, organizers said.

The conference is hosted by Kenya School of Revenue Administration, which is the WCO’s Regional Training Centre aimed at advancing the trade facilitation agenda (TFA) within the framework of the WCO Mercator Programme.

Speaking in Nairobi on Wednesday ahead of the conference official opening, Larry Liza, WCO East & Southern Africa (ESA) Regional Office for Capacity Building Director, said the conference brings delegates drawn from South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Kenya, among other countries.

“We are looking forward to host a successful research conference exploring perspectives from the private sector on the trade facilitation tools and instruments implemented in East and Southern Africa region,” Liza said.

“Among other topics, we shall also examine the progress made in the implementation of the revised Kyoto Convention while assessing customs capacity building initiatives in East and Southern Africa,” Liza said.

“With a wealth of expertise and experience in global Customs technical assistance and capacity building, including a network of accredited experts at its disposal and comprehensive donor engagement mechanisms, the WCO is fully equipped to comprehensively support TFA implementation,” she said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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