WCO to support GRA regional strategy plans

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Two technical assistants from the World Customs Organisation (WCO), under the WECAM Project have assured of their firm commitment and readiness to give maximum technical support to the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) to enable them better implement the West and Central Africa regional strategy plans.

The two delegates made the statement on Tuesday during a two-day intensive capacity-building awareness meet on project management best practices, held at the GRA conference hall.

The capacity-building awareness programme was organised by the GRA with technical support from the head office of the World Customs Organisation.

The seminar focuses on project management, sharing of best practices, human resources, among other topics, as well as project success and failures.

The seminar also aims to better help personnel on strategy plans, monitoring and evaluation of project in the World Customs Organisation of West and Central Africa regions.

In presenting a paper at the seminar, Tafili Ebenezer, technical attaché at WCO regional office for capacity-building in Abidjan, gave a background of the regional strategic plan, its implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national plans and project.

He explained that the 1st Regional Strategy Plan, which was developed in 2009 and 2010, by the directors of customs of West and Central Africa have adopted a recommendation, inviting all customs administrations in the region to develop and implement strategic plans.

He disclosed that the region also developed the term of reference of a model level structure within customs administration, responsible for strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the strategic plans.

According to him, implementation remains a big challenge in the region as many administrations have reported low level of implementation of their strategic plans, due to low capacity to design, implement, monitor and evaluate projects.

He said the low level of implementation had prompted the region to adopt new strategic planning methods, implement new monitoring and evaluate approaches.

He said the model seeks to drive organization towards continuous quest for excellence, through holistic approaches to organisation’s performance analysis.

For his part, Richard Chopra, Programme Director at the capacity- building Directorate of sub-Saharan Africa customs modernisation programmes, dilated on various topics, ranging from organisational management framework and its pillars.

He urged that the organisation must adopt a project management methodology of the organisational level to ensure consistency of project management processes and tools throughout the implementation of all programmes.

According to him, these are framework referees to policy regulations, functions, processes, procedures and responsibilities that define the establishment, management and control of programmes and projects.

Also speaking, the Commissioner General of GRA, Yankuba Darboe, applauded the move and described the training as very timely.

He challenged his men to take up the training seriously, as according to him, it would yield more dividends to their workplace.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh