GRA, Morocco Custom forge new cooperation

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) in collaboration with Morocco Custom Administration on Monday kick-start a five days intensive training of trainers in Banjul.

The training of trainers that targeted various custom officers of the GRA was held at the institution’s main office in Banjul and designed to build the capacity of the Gambian custom to enable them respond positively on best practice.

In declaring the training open, Commissioner General Yankuba Darboe welcomed the participants to this very important Training of trainer  (seminar), organised through partnership and collaboration with our sister customs administration of morocco.

The Commissioner General said: “You will all recall that the GRA Management through the Gambian Embassy in Morocco initiated bilateral customs cooperation with our sister customs administration of Morocco sometime in 2016 and this was firmed up in March 2017 when a team of GRA staff were invited to Morocco to identify possible areas of collaboration.”

According to CG Darboe,  among the priorities areas  identified in the cooperation were:Training of Trainers (ToT) – a program meant to impart skills in the development of training materials and pedagogic skills in training delivery, Support GRA in delivering training in specialised areas of customs hard skills in  Risk Management Techniques, Intelligence Gathering &Investigation,  Post Clearance Audits, Coordinated Border Management and Share Experience in the Establishment of Training Centre and e-learning Platform

“I am happy to report that today marks the first step in the implementation of this partnership and collaboration between the Gambia revenue Authority and the Customs Administration of Morocco. Consequently, I would like to seize this opportunity to sincerely thank and appreciate the efforts of all those that made this cooperation with the Morocco Customs Administration a reality,” he said.

He paid tribute to the Gambian ambassador to Morocco and team particularly Mr. Omar Baldeh who has been very instrumental in the whole process from the start.

He also hailed the director general of the Morocco Customs Administration through the expert trainer Mr. Lahlou Muhammed for his foresight in making this cooperation possible, while expressing gratitude to all the staff of GRA who worked tirelessly to make the even a success.

He also urged all the participants to be punctual and make the best use of this opportunity.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh