Last 8th of March, in Georgetown, more than fifty representatives from Customs, other trade regulatory agencies and the private sector benefitted from a one-day training session on customs and trade facilitation measures.
All participants were provided with a general knowledge of customs and trade facilitation measures in the EPA as well as an understanding of their role in the successful implementation of these measures.
At the official opening of the workshop, Mr. Rawle Lucas, Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Guyana Revenue Authority, re-affirmed the Government’s commitment to removing trade barriers. He noted the potential benefits to be realized by Guyana in implementing the measures contained in the EPA, and charged those in attendance to make full use of this training opportunity.
Of particular benefit to Guyana’s public and private sectors, trade facilitation is intended to create an enabling environment that speeds up the passage of legitimate trade goods through border controls, allowing customs to focus on goods that pose a significant risk.
The Training Course is an output of the CARIFORUM/EU Capacity Building Project which is funded under the 10th EDF. The project’s overall objective is to support CARIFORUM Member States’ beneficial integration in the world economy. Specifically, it seeks to help member states to implement their EPA commitments in the areas of Competition, Procurement and Customs and Trade Facilitation. A consortium led by Equinoccio (Spain) which includes the London School of Economics, SGS and Maastricht School of Management is implementing the project.