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WCO supports Burundi to improve safety and security through PGS

26 noviembre 2019

Under the auspices of the WCO/JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Joint Project, the WCO visited Bujumbura, Burundi on 20-22 November 2019 to work with the Programme Global Shield (PGS) national trainers of the Office of Burundais des Recettes (OBR) to train Customs officials working at the various border stations.  This is a part of the ongoing efforts of OBR to further enhance its border control capacity to improve the safety and security of the people in Burundi. 

PGS is a multilateral WCO initiative, aimed at building the capacity of customs administrations to counter illicit trafficking and diversion of chemicals and other components used by terrorists to manufacture Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).  In the case of East Africa, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, which are supported by the WCO/JICA Joint Project, they have been already become PGS members.  In addition, OBR, together with other 4 revenue authorities, participated in the Sub-regional Training-of-Trainer Workshop in East Africa on PGS jointly organized by the WCO and JICA earlier this year and developed a pool of PGS trainers for more sustainable PGS training delivery in Burundi.

Following the Training-of-Trainer workshop, the PGS trainers of OBR delivered a number of national trainings and/or sensitization activities on PGS to secure its borders.  The WCO and JICA agreed to support their efforts and to work with PGS trainers at Bujumbura where OBR organized another national PGS workshop for managers and staff working at various border stations.  Together with the WCO experts, the PGS trainers introduced Programme Global Shield and trained 28 OBR officials on precursor chemicals, IEDs, detection methods as well as their handling, labelling and storage regulations.

Participants to the workshop appreciated the information shared.  Both the WCO and JICA will continue to support OBR and other revenue authorities in East Africa to further enhance their border control capacity. An operational exercise for all five East African countries supported by the WCO/JICA Joint Project is scheduled to be conducted early next year.