New Virtual Training on Consolidating a Culture of Integrity Launched with Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA)

08 February 2021

From 1-5 February, a new virtual training workshop on Consolidating a Culture of Integrity was launched with the participation of officials from the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).

The workshop was developed and delivered under the WCO Anti-Corruption & Integrity Promotion (A-CIP) Programme, in response to specific needs identified by some partner administrations, including LRA. These administrations are striving to reinforce their organizational culture around integrity through change management, supportive work environment and staff engagement. This initiative is in line with the Morale & Organizational Culture key factor of the WCO Revised Arusha Declaration.

The week long virtual training workshop consisted of three online sessions as well as intersessional work. Over fifteen officials from key functions having an impact or influence on the overall LRA organizational culture – such as strategic planning; human resources; enterprise risk management; professional ethics; legal affairs; internal audit; quality assurance and results; customs risk management; anti-smuggling and intelligence; customs compliance, etc. – attended the event facilitated by WCO experts from the A-CIP Programme and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Insightful conversations allowed the participants to reflect on some key definitions (culture, sub-culture, culture of integrity, culture of leadership); outline key components or demonstrations of the LRA organizational culture (strengths and gaps); consider the ten key factors of the WCO Revised Arusha Declaration as a vehicle for cultural change. The results of the Customs Integrity Perception Survey (CIPS) were also discussed.
During the closing remarks, both LRA and WCO acknowledged that this virtual workshop was a first step to a collective journey aiming to consolidate the LRA Culture of Integrity.

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