Six customs administrations in West Africa including Nigeria have been trained by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) on Risk Management (RM) and Intelligence Analysis (IA).
The workshop which was held in Cotonou, Benin last was under the auspices of the WCO/JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Joint Project, the third Working Group activity (WG3) of the Master Trainers Program (MTP).
Customs officers who participated in the previous two workshops were selected again for this sub-regional activity to work on and make further progress towards the achievement of the objective of having a pool of trainers in the region under the MTP.
The workshop, according to WCO, was to improve their (participants) capacity on the implementation of Risk Management and Intelligence Analysis (RM & IA).
Experts from the WCO, RILO WCA and Japan Customs facilitated various sessions and shared their valuable knowledge and expertise on Risk Management and Intelligence Analysis to improve the understanding of the participants on both, the theoretical and practical aspects in order to achieve the MTP objective.
The participants demonstrated their commitment to the MTP and actively participated in working sessions and discussions during the five days of the workshop. Both WCO and JICA welcomed their commitment and positive approach to ensure long term sustainability of building capacity in the area of Risk Management and Intelligence functions within their organizations. The participants reaffirmed their continued support to the ongoing programme within the West Africa region to have a pool of master trainers to meet the objectives of intelligence driven risk management within their respective administrations.
During his closing remarks, the Director General of the Benin Customs and Indirect Taxes thanked all participants for their active contribution and thanked the WCO and JICA for contributing to the enhancement of the capacity building in the area of RM and Intelligence analysis for the West African countries.
Other participating countries were Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo.