GRA Senior Managers’ training on Project Management, Change wraps-up

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A five days intensive training for senior managers of The Gambia Revenue Authority GRA on Project Management and Change has recently wrapped up at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.

The training was organised by GRA in partnership with World Custom Organisation in the framework of the West Africa Customs Administration WACAM project funded by Swedish government.

The training was aimed at enhancing the senior managers of various units under The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) with the requisite knowledge to better implement their projects.

Delivering his remarks, the WCO programme manager, Trade Facilitation under the Capacity Building Director Nathan L. Taylor explained that the purpose of this training was to focus on capacity building in Project Management and Change and other projects related to the implementation of Custom Organisation’s reforms.

He said among other topics that were raised included upgrading of GRA; its system and Human Resources’ and building relations with other stakeholders. He went on to express satisfaction and impression about the high sense of commitment and participation during the five days training.

He thanked the management of GRA through their commissioner general for the hospitality accorded to them during their stay in The Gambia.

He also assured the management of GRA that World Custom Organisation under the capacity building directorate will continue to support GRA in enhancing their capacity building to better respond to their service delivery. He also described the training as very successful and interactive with high participation from both sides.

In his closing remarks, the commissioner general, Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), Commissioner Yaukuba Darboe, who also expressed an appreciation of the level of commitment that his staff have demonstrated and thanked them for making this training a success.

Commissioner Darboe went on to preach his senior managers to continue working hand in hand as a team by showing solidarity with each other through commitment and dedication.

He said there is nothing more beautiful than team work by helping each other and respect each other’s work. For him, he said, GRA is like one family, while urging the GRA senior managers in particular to nurture that culture of team work.

He also commended the GRA senior managers for making the facilitators’ expectation met during the five days training on Project Management and Change.

He said during these five days, the participants have contributed immensely towards the success of the training which he said was a big boost to the entire GRA management.

“I am happy in the sense that the expectation has been achieved and this has proven that participants can rely on you,” he said.

He also told participants that GRA has close to 800 staff and all of them cannot attend this training at once, therefore those who benefited should endeavour to disseminate and share the information with those not privileged.

He said life is all about sharing knowledge.  He also used the opportunity to thank the World Custom Organization (WCO) and the Swedish government for their unflinching support towards building the capacity of his staff.

“We are grateful to the World Custom Organisation for this support as capacity building is one of the most important elements in our day to day activities. We pray that WCO gives us more of this training in the future and let God guide our relationship to grow from strength to strength. The commissioner general also acknowledges that WCO has been very helpful to GRA in capacity building especially in the WECAM Project in many areas.

He said therefore organising again this training was a great move and welcomed by The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA).   “I want to extend our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the secretary general of WCO and all those who have contributed in one way or the other to making this training a reality. I am really touched and happy that this cooperation that we have demonstrated will continue for a longer period so that at the end of the day our assignment will be achieved.

In giving a vote of thank on behalf of the participants, Matty Njie-Senghore, manager and overseer, Compliance and Taxpayer Education, expressed delight to be associated with the training , which she said has widened their horizons. 

She also stated that WCO has come to share their thoughts with GRA by enhancing their skills which she described as a very welcome move.

She said the training was focus on projects and Change Management. “We are very grateful to WCO for providing us with this great opportunity in the area of capacity building. We hope that this relationship will continue to grow.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh