Seaport Customs manager recognises role of customs in social, economic development

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) Seaport Customs manager has underscored the important role that Customs plays in social and economic development of the country and its societies.

Alhagie K. Mbye said Customs has also taken giant strides in creating an environment in the country that enables businesses/companies to participate fully in international trade for the benefit of all.

Speaking to this reporter last week, Mr. Mbye said World Customs Organization (WCO) has dedicated the year 2018 to strengthen business environment security with the slogan “A safe business Environment for Economic Development.”

He said strategic plan for Customs in the sub-region for 2018-2022 will focus on administration in the implementation of the African continental free trade, issues and challenges facing customs administration, intelligence, working with Rilos CEN coordinated border management and striving for a secured business environment as priority area. “We are also working on the implementation of transit in the most effective way to ensure the smooth flow of road transport,” he said.

Mr. Mbye further stated that the entire step would have a direct effect on Gambia’s revenue, security and efficiency. “It is also important to note that we are not alone in these activities but with all stakeholders.” 

Author: Rose Zahra Gomez