The WCO supports Burundi to strengthen public-private partnership dialogue related to the AEO Programme

31 July 2017

Under the auspices of the WCO-EAC CREATe project, funded by Sweden, the WCO supported the Burundi Revenue Authority (Office Burundais des Recettes - OBR) with the launch of its national AEO Working Group on 14 July 2017  in Bujumbura, Burundi.

The OBR  invited other border agencies that included the Standardization bureau as well as the private sector  to discuss the Authorized Economic Programme and to jointly develop the Terms of Reference for  the national AEO working group.

The consultations proved to be successful as all present stakeholders developed an agreeable set of Terms of Reference for their national AEO Working Group. .

During the launch, the Commissioner-Customs, speaking in the presence of the press, highlighted that a strong public-private partnership was the foundation of any AEO programme and encouraged all stakeholders to play their part to ensure the successful implementation of the EAC regional AEO programme. He also thanked the WCO for its effective and continuous support especially through the WCO-EAC CREATe project funded by Sweden.

For more information about this activity and about the WCO-EAC CREATe project in general, please contact WCO-Sweden Programme Director Richard Chopra (