The WCO offers its Members the possibility to express themselves through its Integrity Newsletter. In this newsletter, Customs administration can promote some of the measures they employ to combat corruption, initiate discussions on integrity issues or generate feedback.
The Newsletter aims to provide timely and regular updates on WCO Members’ national activities related to integrity in Customs as well as to connect experts from different countries, providing them with the opportunity to share their views on techniques and best practices with a wider audience.
The initiative to create a periodical was endorsed at the 9th Session of the WCO Integrity Sub-Committee (ISC). It will initially be published 3 to 4 times per year depending on the volume of Members’ contributions. Three issues have been published thus far, and the fourth is currently being prepared.
WCO Members are encouraged to use the Newsletter by producing short articles for publication and describing their respective “success stories” as well as projects aimed at increasing the efficiency of their integrity strategies. Innovative initiatives highlighted in past issues include the “integrity testing” conducted by the Kenya Revenue Authority and performance contracts introduced by Cameroon Customs.
These examples illustrate different approaches to the implementation of the WCO Revised Arusha Declaration on Integrity in different social and political environments. To facilitate the exchange of information, each article contains the contact details of the author, which enables readers to take up direct contact on the integrity enhancement measures presented in the article.
The WCO Integrity Newsletter also features updates on integrity pilot projects and information which may be useful for countries that are developing practical and adapted solutions or drafting national integrity action plans.