On the 22nd July 2016, a Training in Customs and Trade Facilitation was organised in Suriname. The main objective of the workshop was to provide general sensitisation training to citizens of CARIFORUM States as part of a capacity-building programme related to the Customs and Trade Facilitation aspects of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). It highlighted trade facilitation measures and other trade-related aspects contained in the EPA.
The training was attended by 50 participants representing a cross section of agencies from the public and private sectors of Suriname.
The first segment of the training was focused on the background of the EU- CARIFORUM EPA and emphasised the provisions of the EPA dealing with Customs and Trade Facilitation.
Given the many constraints in the CARIFORUM Region there is a need to develop capacity at both the institutional and personal level in order to implement the obligations of the EPA. The balance of the presentation concentrated on the thematic areas identified for further development by the needs analysis: Principles of Modernised Customs Legislation, Modern Customs Techniques and Mechanisms for Customs Cooperation
The workshop concluded with a brief closing ceremony in which certificates of attendance were presented to each of the participants by the facilitator and the Permanent Secretary. Participants expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the workshop and the information provided
This training course is an output of the CARIFORUM/EU Capacity Building Project which is funded under the 10th EDF. A consortium led by Equinoccio which includes the London School of Economics, SGS and Maastricht School of Management is implementing the project.