National SAFE/AEO support mission in Angola

01 December 2015

Luanda, 23-25 November 2015

The WCO, in cooperation with the Angola Revenue Authority (AGT), provided national support in form of a workshop on the preparation and implementation of the SAFE Framework of Standards (FoS) and an envisaged Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programme in Angola from 23 to 25 November 2015. The support was provided within the framework of the WCO - UK Department for International Development (DFID) Grant arrangement ‘to strengthen Customs systems in East and Southern Africa – phase 2’.

25 senior officials from various divisions of the AGT (including risk management, procedures, tariff, valuation, audit and enforcement) and private sector representatives participated in the workshop. The workshop aimed to achieve enhanced understanding of the SAFE FoS and its AEO programme as well as of the role of Customs in supply chain security and in facilitation of legitimate trade. Participants developed a plan forward regarding the implementation of an AEO programme and initiated already the respective first steps.

The level of active discussions and contributions by all participants reflected the importance and commitment that the AGT accords to this initiative. The Workshop was well received by participants who underlined their appreciation for the cooperation on concrete next steps forward in further developing a programme in line with the SAFE FoS.