Senior officials from twelve AFRITAC South (AFS) member countries’ customs administrations responsible for managing the compliance of taxpayers and integrity programs participated in an AFS regional seminar ‘Integrity in Customs’ at the IMF Africa Training Institute (ATI) seminar which started on April 3. This five-day seminar was opened by Mr. Sudhamo Lal, Director General of Mauritius Revenue Authority, and will provide a forum for discussion to explore the challenges to integrity in customs administration and will seek to find ways of overcoming challenges. The seminar will look at: (i) identifying concerns relating to integrity including vulnerabilities; (ii) key elements and international good practice in developing effective integrity strategies; (iii) member country experiences including a review of the status and effective implementation of Codes of Conduct and integrity strategies; (iv) WCO and regional initiatives; and (v) methods of reducing or removing opportunities for corruption.
Representatives for each country will prepare a presentation based on background information, presentations and discussions at the seminar outlining:
- -Key learning lessons,
- -Areas identified where a positive impact can be made back home.
- -A draft action plan with tentative outcomes, outputs, inputs, and timelines.
- -Existing and anticipated challenges.
- -Ideas on how to overcome the identified challenges.
- -How (if at all) IMF/AFRITAC South can assist.