A total of 25 officers of the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), drawn from stations across the country, were on Friday awarded certificates after their intensive training in Advanced Customs operations.
The event took place at MRA’s Institute of Tax Administration in Blantyre.
MRA Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Fatch Valeta, said the training was conducted between September and November 2016 and participatants included officers from Blantyre Port, Songwe, Chiponde, Kaporo, Dedza, Liwonde, Lilongwe Port and Post Clearance Audit.
He said the officers underwent various relevant courses which have reinforced and widened their knowledge and understanding in practical customs concepts.
“Business across the globe continues to be dynamic and it is vital that MRA officers are equipped with the right skills to match market needs. This also ensures that correct amounts of revenues are collected.
“Therefore, participants were trained in various customs modules, among them customs systems and procedures, international trade agreements, control of commercial fraud, valuation methods and practice, tariff classification, origin of goods, customs integrity, post clearance audit, risk analysis and profiling, MRA work values, ethics and conduct; leadership and management,” Valeta said.
He further said facilitators for the course were from within MRA which shows that the organisation has knowledgeable and skilled trainers to upgrade the competencies of fellow officers who in the end are well equipped to run day-to-day customs services.
MRA Commissioner General, Tom Malata, congratulated the graduating officers and advised them to sustain team-working spirit in customs administration.
“The tasks we undertake, as MRA officers, are noble and certification in such a technical field gives management the assurance that we will provide high-grade service to the public. The certificates presented can remain just a piece of paper if you do not apply the advanced knowledge in your respective duties. As management, we will continue to acknowledge the value of your acclaimed versatility in the profession when positives are noted in our operations
“We therefore expect you to conduct proper customs valuations; tariff classifications, origin of goods, post clearance audits and risk management. Continue to take a leading role in trade facilitation,” Malata said.
MRA has during the 11 months of the 2016/2018 financial year collected K693.4 billion against the targeted K658.8 billion.