WCO A-CIP Partner, Afghanistan Recognizes the Importance of Regulatory Framework for Good Governance and Integrity and Makes Plans for RKC Accession

10 July 2019

From 16-20 June, the WCO Anti-Corruption and Integrity Promotion (A-CIP) Programme for Customs conducted its first integrity activity with the Afghanistan Customs Department (ACD) WCO A-CIP Partner Administration.  This took the form of a workshop, held in Tbilisi, hosted by the Georgia Revenue Service (GRS) in collaboration with the US Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP).

As one of the 10 key factors in the WCO’s Revised Arusha Declaration concerning good governance and integrity in Customs, this “Regulatory Framework” refers to the simplification and harmonization of customs laws, regulations, administrative guidelines and procedures so that customs formalities can proceed without undue burden.  This process involves the adoption of internationally agreed upon standards such as the WCO’s Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), both of which are high priorities for ACD.  Working together, ACD and WCO experts conducted a preliminary gap analysis of the 121 provisions of the RKC General Annex, developed an action plan for pre- and post- accession, and reviewed the current status of integrity-related elements within ACD’s National Strategic Plan 2018-2023. 

Information gained from this exercise will support preliminary development of a Project Plan to guide WCO support for ACD over the course of the remainder of the WCO A-CIP Programme.  The discussions with ACD were further enriched by experts from GRS, who openly shared detailed insights from their own anti-corruption and RKC accession efforts. The merit and relevance of Georgia’s experience for Afghanistan are reflected in the intention to sign a MoU between the two countries in order to support continued exchanges.  Where possible, the WCO A-CIP Programme will support and leverage this process.

The WCO Anti-Corruption and Integrity Promotion (A-CIP) Programme was launched in January 2019 and is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).  It aims to provide support to beneficiary countries in the implementation of new measures to fight corruption and promote integrity in accordance with the ten areas of the Revised Arusha Declaration.

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