Twenty-one customs officers of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and private sector partners working in the areas of logistics and supply chain management have been awarded professional certificates in customs and trade facilitation.
The recognition followed a recent week-long training course in Monrovia that focused on building efficient supply chains, customs procedures, and supply chain partnerships. It was aimed at creating trade opportunities to facilitate revenue collection.
The customs training was conducted by experts from Evofenedex and STC-NESTRA and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The initiative is part of efforts to boost the transformation and modernization of the LRA and at the same time strengthen cooperation with partner institutions in the private sector as a means of augmenting domestic resource mobilization.
Speaking during the presentation of certificates to the participants, LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba praised the government and people of The Netherlands for the support to the LRA. “We are very grateful to the government of The Netherlands and their taxpayers for supporting this effort which plays a key role in helping us to attain our transformation and modernization agenda,” CG Tamba noted.
She said the training is an essential component which links to the implementation of LRA’s corporate business plan towards its employees’ professional development.
The Netherlands Ambassador to Liberia, Ron Strikker, in remarks described customs and logistics operations as key for adequate port management in realizing effective domestic resource mobilization.
He said port management is an essential pillar for economic growth and indicated that said drive must be supported by a good logistical system and transparent customs handling.
Ambassador Srikker assured the Dutch Government’s support to Liberia’s developmental drive. The training was the first in a series of activities being implemented in phases and supported by the Dutch Government.