Participants and organizers in a group pose.
Webb Fontaine Ghana, a destination inspection company, has commenced a training programme for some selected officers of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Ministry of Trade & Industry (MOTI) in Accra.
The week-long programme is being organized to improve the knowledge of the officers in HS tariff classification and enhance service delivery.
It forms part of the contractual obligations of Webb Fontaine Ghana (WFG) to GRA and MOTI.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Derek Clay, Managing Director of WFG, said his company had been running the course for more than two years and operates in 35 countries, including Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Kenya.
He said the main purpose of the training is to make the officers effective on the field.
Assistant Customs Training Commissioner, Millicent Akpo-Teye, noted that since trade had increased, government expects customs officers to be effective.
Patrick Poku, Acting Director of Trade Facilitation, MOTI, expressed optimism that by the end of the programme, the participants would improve their skills in classification of duties and categorization of goods.
He said this would help reduce the cost of business, enhance trade and reduce poverty in the country.
Mr. Poku urged the participants to promote the interest of the nation at all times.
Presenting an overview of the course, the trainer, Alan Morley, who is said to have over 35 years of experience in customs work, explained that the training is meant to improve the knowledge of the selected officers.
He said the participants would be given the opportunity to practice what they were taught during the period.
By Belvy Ofori
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