WCO partners with African Development Bank

30 January 2012

African Development Bank and World Customs Organization partner to strengthen African Customs administrations

Brussels, 30 January 2012

Joint Press Release

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) will work together, to enhance the capacity of Customs administrations in Africa.

This declaration was made today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the signing ceremony of a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding, on the margins of the 18th African Union Summit. The summit, which is taking place in Ethiopia from 23-30 January, is focusing on boosting intra-African trade – an area in which Customs administrations can play a vital role in strengthening national and regional economies in Africa.

The enhanced cooperation between AfDB and the WCO will help advance the economic development of African countries by assisting Customs administrations in their reform and modernization efforts.

“The WCO is committed to working with the African Development Bank Group and our other international and regional partners to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, capacity and connectivity of Customs administrations in Africa” said WCO Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya. “This MOU will facilitate relations between the WCO and the African continent, and provide a concrete basis for further cooperation on Customs issues that will contribute positively to economic growth, social progress and leadership development” he added.

“Under this partnership, the AfDB’s regional infrastructure financing and the WCO’s technical Customs expertise will complement each other and improve the efficiency of our efforts to facilitate trade” said AfDB President, Donald Kaberuka. “Coordinated efforts by both institutions to improve border management will help many companies in Africa conduct cross-border trade, which will further deepen regional integration in the region” he added.

The partnership includes collaboration in identifying, developing and implementing Customs capacity building projects by observing internationally agreed best practices and supporting Customs cooperation and regional integration in Africa.

In addition, it promotes a knowledge partnership, including research and knowledge sharing in areas of common interest, as well as close institutional dialogue to ensure a coherent approach and to identify comparative advantages as well as complementarities between the WCO and AfDB.

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