least twenty customs officers of the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) were
recently awarded certificates after attending a two-week intensive induction
training at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.
The training was organised by GRA, with funding support from Afrita West2, to better enhance their customs skills to respond effectively to service delivery.
Speaking at the training session, Andrew Argyle, an expert working for IMF based in the UK, said the training was to equip the customs officers with the requisite knowledge and skills to better respond to effective service delivery.
He said IMF and GRA senior management felt it very important to have their staff well vexed on GRA procedures, ethics and regulations.
He said it was an investment from the IMF with marvelous cooperation with GRA, adding that the training was run by Gambians and organised by GRA for their customs staff.
According to him, the training covers legislation, human resources management, integrity and ethics.
For his part, the Commissioner General of GRA, Yankuba Darboe, thanked the IMF for the technical support in ensuring that customs officers are exposed to the GRA procedure and ethics at their workplace.
He also commended the IMF for their collaboration for hosting the exercise in The Gambia, which has greatly reduced the cost of overseas training.
The CG boss further urged the participants to make the best use of the knowledge acquired during the two-week training and to ensure they put it into practice.
Speaking earlier on, Alieu Bittaye, Director of Management Service at GRA, said the induction training was meant to help customs officers to know about the GRA rules and regulations, policy, process and procedures that they are supposed to apply.
He added that the training targeted twenty participants and it was a training of trainers to acquire the necessary skills with the support of a technical assistant.
The customs officers were exposed to GRA rules and regulations among other related matters, he said.