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The customs administrations of the African Union at the time of interconnectivity

Brazza, September 22, 2014

dimanche 26 juillet 2015, par bp

The Cabinet ModelSis took part, as an observer, in the work of customs experts held in preparation for the sixth regular meeting of the Sub-Committee of Directors General of Customs of the African Union held on 25 and 26 September 2014 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

The opening ceremony was held at the Congress Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Congo under the chairmanship of Mr. Jean Alfred ONANGA, Director General of Customs and Excise of the Republic of Congo in the presence of Ms. Treasure Maphanga, Director of Trade and Industry of the AU Commission and the Director in charge of the African Union and Regional Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

The ModelSis Cabinet, whose delegation was led by its Managing Director Mrs. Oumou Ndiaye, was invited to this great mass of experts in recognition of its achievements in Africa in supporting governments and sub-regional institutions, particularly at the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the states of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEAC).

In her speech, Ms Maphanga said the theme is particularly relevant and timely it illustrates the willingness expressed by the tall African authorities to combine their efforts to facilitate trade. It is also in line with the overall objectives of the African Union to establish a Free Trade Area Continental Exchange (CFTA) by 2017, and achieving sustainable development for the populations. Interconnectivity is more than a necessity in a business environment increasingly marked by lower customs revenues due to the phasing out of customs barriers because of commercial partnerships agreements, she said.

Announcing a number of infrastructure development programs in progress at the AU Commission, Ms Maphanga wished to recall that trade facilitation is likely to generate more dividends than trade liberalization, and therefore the Commission of AU expects strong recommendations that could lead to better working conditions and greater performance for African Customs.

In turn, Mr. ONANGA welcomed the presence of the delegates and reiterated the commitment of the highest authorities of the continent regarding the harmonization and facilitation of customs procedures through the synergy and cooperation, before declaring open the deliberations of the experts a prelude to the 6th ordinary meeting of the Sub-Committee of Directors General of Customs of the African Union.

Date : September 22, 2014 (morning)
Location : Conference Centre - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Theme : Interconnectivity for improving trade facilitation

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