The Elfrieda Stewart Tamba Administration at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) is poised to make the entity a regional model in the West African region.
Speaking at the opening of a four-day regional strategic management workshop at a local resort in Monrovia, she said strategic management is pivotal for every customs administration with the LRA being no exception.
In her brief statement when she officially declared the workshop open, Madam Tamba noted that strategic management, especially in the revenue collection sector, cannot be ignored because it serves as the bedrock for effectiveness and efficiency in collecting taxes.
She said she wants the LRA to be one of the best in the region, but this can only be done when staffs are adequately trained.
Making remarks at the opening ceremony also was the Commissioner General of The Gambia, Yankuba Darboe, who said it is a great honor to be in Liberia for such an important program, which borders on experience sharing that would benefit participating countries.
“This is a workshop that involves members of the WCO in West Africa, especially the English speaking countries, on management strategic planning, that has brought different countries together for experience sharing,” he said.
The chief facilitator at the workshop, who is also a representative of World Customs Organization, Philip Wood, said the project will help to build the capacity of staffs to carry out their jobs effectively.
He said effective strategic management process is key to custom administration and it also helps to move away from theory to practice.
LRA Commissioner of Customs, Saa Saamoi, also said that the hosting of the workshop in Liberia is also meant to afford several of its employees the opportunity to form part of the workshop and is a vote of confidence that the country has returned to normal after the devastating Ebola outbreak.
Meanwhile, the workshop is being organized through the West African Customs Administrations Modernization (WACAM) Project by the World Customs Organization. The project is being supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
The workshop brings together participants from Anglophone West Africa, which includes Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Nigeria. It is meant to help developed the capacities of customs administrations in the various countries, which would lead to the adoption of strategic management plans that would effectiveness and efficiency in revenue collection in these countries.