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Sub-regional Customs Training for Strategic Management

first_imgA week-long training for customs authorities in Anglophone West African states began in Monrovia Monday, with the Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, pledging to raise the country’s customs systems to meet modern standards.“Customs has today moved away from the traditional gatekeeper concept to an approach which meets the increasing demands of growing trade facilitation,” said Commissioner Tamba during the opening ceremonies of the World Customs Organization (WCO) – West African Customs Administrations Modernization (WACAM) Project. The LRA Commissioner further emphasized that customs operations today require the implementation of proper border procedures, the operations of border processes and setting the appropriate balance between border control and trade facilitation.“The LRA is fully committed to this process,” she assured participants at the Regional Workshop on Strategic Management.Underscoring the importance of the workshop, she declared that strategic management cannot be ignored in 21st Century customs, general revenue administration and business management, anywhere in the world.WCO representative Philip Wood said the project intends to work with a number of customs authorities in Africa to strengthen their capacities.Strengthening the capacities of these authorities is not about developing new plans but rather in building capacities that lead to developing excellent strategic plans aimed at meeting the requirements of the 21st Century and the WCO’s trade facilitation operations, among others, he said.The head of the Gambian delegation, Yankuba Darboe, and that country’s Revenue Authority Commissioner General, described the workshop as an opportunity for customs authorities to share their experiences in order to make improvements in their respective countries.He underscored the significance of strategic planning, stating, “Without a proper strategic plan, the organization cannot move (in any) direction.”Funded by the Swedish Development Agency, the WCO and WACAM Project seeks to strengthen customs organizations to perform up to global standards.-LINA Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgSinn Féin Donegal TDs Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn have described Croke Park II as an attack on frontline workers.In a joint statement the Donegal Deputies said the worst off in the public sector are being hid the hardest.“This agreement, which the government seeks to force workers into accepting under threat of a worse outcome if it legislates, heaps pain on low and middle income workers. It does little more than tinker with excessive pay at the top,” the said. “Even after the 10% cut to high pay those at the top of the public sector will still earn more than the French President and British Prime Minister.“Labour – the party of Connolly and Larkin – is attacking workers. It is a Labour minister who has split the trade union movement, torn up the Croke Park Agreement and is now set to force through pay cuts across the public sector.“Frontline workers have been unfairly targeted. Nurses, gardaí, firefighters, the emergency services deliver a 24/7 service keeping us safe and well. They are the workers who are being hit hardest.“These workers have mortgages to pay; children to feed and clothe; school books to buy, and bills to pay. None of their outgoings are going to be cut, just their income. “Their pay has been significantly reduced over recent years while the cost of living has risen. Far from protecting workers on low and middle incomes the government has aggressively gone after their increments and unsocial hours pay.“The fact is that frontline workers did not cause this crisis. The Fianna Fáil leadership and the other elites – the golden circle – caused this crisis.“There are alternatives. The government could have brought in a wealth tax. It could have also introduced a third band of tax on those earning more than €100,000.“Instead those who will be hit hardest will be the nurses, the fire services, the ambulance services, the gardaí. Nurses in our overcrowded hospitals will work extra hours, lose unsocial hours payments, have reduced Sunday pay and will have increments frozen. They face a pay cut of eight per cent. That means a nurse on €35,000 will lose €2,800.“That is not fair. The government’s approach is about imposing a higher and disproportionate burden onto those on low and middle incomes.” GOVERNMENT HITTING LOW PAID WORKERS WITH CROKE PARK II – SINN FEIN was last modified: March 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GOVERNMENT HITTING LOW PAID WORKERS WITH CROKE PARK II – SINN FEINlast_img read more