Launching the 2021 edition of the Advanced Course on Tax and Customs Administration Management

29 noviembre 2021

The 2021 edition of the Advanced Course on Tax and Customs Administration Management started on 17 November 2021. This course is a joint initiative between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) through its Technical Assistance Center for Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (CAPTAC-DR); the Institute of Fiscal Studies of Spain (IEF), with the collaboration of the National Distance Education University (UNED), the WCO and with the support of the SECO-WCO Global Trade Facilitation Programme (GTFP).

With a comprehensive 14-week programme divided into two phases, online and presential, this course will run until June 2022. It has been designed with the aim of covering a long-demanded need in different Central American countries, in order to provide Tax and Customs Administrations managers in the region with the necessary tools and skills to be able to lead their organisations and achieve their objectives through efficient management.

Strengthening the management function is a crucial element for the development of Customs Administrations. In that sense, this course targets officials from the Tax and Customs Administrations of Panama and the Dominican Republic who hold managerial positions, to provide them with the basic training necessary to manage a modern tax and/or customs administration with a focus on promoting voluntary compliance. This edition will also see the participation of Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru and will have a particular focus on the capacity and skills to lead and manage situations of uncertainty, such as the current one.

With this in mind, the professionalisation of managers will be promoted throughout the course and particular attention will be given to "soft" skills. The ability to adapt and manage the economic and social crisis of the "post-COVID" era, with special emphasis on uncertainty and scarce resources, has also been identified as a key topic where basic training will be provided to managers in order to successfully manage a modern Tax and Customs Administration

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