SMART Borders in Africa would address human resource development and governance issues to enable border agencies to develop sound partnerships with the private sector.
The World Customs Organisation (WCO) promoted SMART Borders equipped with technology and innovation to manage risks at borders in Africa.
Secretary General of World Customs Organisation (WCO), Kunio Mikuriya reiterated the significance of government support for Customs to ensure an adequate legal framework and necessary resources as the critical soft infrastructure for improving the business environment.
WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya made this known at the TICAD 7 – Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development – held in Yokohama, Japan last week when he spoke about Customs’ contributions to the sustainable development of Africa.
Dr. Mikuriya explained the importance of regional integration and cooperation with respect to border facilities and transactions, highlighting the WCO’s collaboration with the above institutions in supporting Customs in various corridor projects with an emphasis on technical and human resource development.
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa expressed particular appreciation for the WCO’s intervention, which highlighted the need to rationalize Customs and tackle illicit trade as part of the efforts towards the sustainable development of Africa.
The TICAD 7 adopted the Yokohama Declaration whereby Heads of State/Government vowed to strive towards a free, fair and transparent investment environment as well as to step up training programmes for young people and women in Africa.