ICS deepens knowledge base of GRA

Revenue AuthorityMr Walter A. Onyango, Deputy General Manager of Inspection and Control Services Limited (ICS), has observed that the key to success in any organisation is directly proportional to its human resource capacity.

Mr Onyango, who is in charge of Management Information Systems, therefore lauded the participants who availed themselves of the first half of a four-week training course on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Customs Valuation, Expanding the Knowledge Base.

“We at ICS are therefore privileged to be able to contribute in our own small way to the transfer of ‘know-how’ in Valuation to enhance your abilities, “he said at the weekend.

The two-week course was attended by 29 participants drawn from the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Economic and Organised Crimes Office, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and ICS.

The course is a continuous improvement regimen of ICS as part of a contractual obligation to train stakeholders to make the right judgement for importers and government in terms of revenue generation.

Mr Onyango said: “Imparting this knowledge to you will enable you undertake your revenue collection duties with confidence so as to impact positively on national development.

“This is what the ICS Group seeks to do anywhere around the world where it is contracted,” he noted.

He said the knowledge the participants have gained from ICS training programmes would go a long way to improve organisational excellence as well as enhance revenue generation.

Mr Imoru Farouk Adam, Deputy Commissioner in charge of Operations, Customs Division of GRA, said Valuation is a core function of customs and commended ICS for taking its contractual obligation of knowledge transfer seriously.

He said the certificates the participants have received are not just   papers but to show that they have equipped themselves with knowledge in Valuation, one of the core functions of customs.

“Valuation goes with Classification, so I am happy to learn that ICS has plans to organise a Classification training programme next week,” he added.

Ms Akua Mpiani-Brobbe, the Course Prefect, noted: “The course is very insightful and beneficial to participants as we have been exposed to the new trends and best practice in Customs Valuation.”

Mr Shaju Jose Vallapy of the ICS Kuwait facilitated the course.

ICS has over the years developed into a world-wide organisation with expertise in specialised technology and a creative and practical system for providing valuation assistance to customs organisations in accordance with WTO and World Customs Organisation guidelines.

Source: GNA

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