JICA awards senior TRA officer for outstanding performance

21Feb 2020
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
JICA awards senior TRA officer for outstanding performance

JAPAN International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has awarded a senior officer of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Pius Kibahila, for his outstanding contribution in the East Africa’s ‘Trade Facilitation and Border Control Programme’.

senior officer of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) Pius Kibahila.

In a statement, JICA said that in the project, Kibahila has been ranked as the “Most Active Master Trainer 2019 for Harmonized commodity description and coding System (HS) Classification”.

Kibahila who also works as an instructor at the Institute for Tax Administration (ITA) is expected to receive his award today at the JICA’s office in Dar es Salaam.

According to statement, the Project is implemented in collaboration with five (5) Revenue Authorities from East African Community (EAC) member states of Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

The current Project started in December 2017 and will be implemented for 42 months until June 2021, with the major goal of promoting trade facilitation and enhanced safety and security in East Africa.

The Master Trainer Program (MTP) originally started in 2010 under JICA technical cooperation “Project on Capacity Building for the Customs Administrations of the Eastern African Region”, in collaboration with Word Custom Organisation (WCO), EAC Secretariat and Japan Customs, with the aim of developing a pool of trainers in the EAC Revenue Authorities as well as developing regional training materials, in order to develop self-contained training capacity within the region to train their Customs’ staff and relevant clearing agents.

“Kibahila has attended the MTP since its start, in 2010. The MTP members jointly developed the training materials such as HS handbook, training presentations and case study book, with the support of experts from JICA, WCO and the EAC secretariat. These training materials are still widely used for Customs’ training officers and clearing agents,” read part of the statement.

It said that the project monitors the delivery of training by the Master Trainers, in order to ensure the intended impact and the sustainability of the program for Customs capacity building.

It should be noted that these Master Trainers have trained about 6,000customs officers and stakeholders in the areas of custom valuation (CV), HS classification and Intelligence Analysis (IA) in East Africa for the last two years. More than 1,000 TRA customs officers and customs agents in Tanzania have been trained this year alone.

Among 25 regional Master trainers on HS classification, Kibahila has been delivering the HS training to the largest number of trainees over the last two years, ranging from TRA officers and clearing agents to those who are in post-graduate diploma courses and officers/agents in other EAC countries.

He trained in total 328 people from October 2018 to September 2019 alone. “JICA Tanzania really commends this outstanding contribution to the project and to the nation of Tanzania.”

“Kibahila is expected to continue to be active in performing his duties as a master trainer contributing not only to the project but also to TRA and Tanzania as a whole while inspiring other master trainers to follow his footsteps.”

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