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WCO Mercator Programme diagnostic mission conducted for Kenya’s Customs and Border Control Department

26 mayo 2022

At the request of the Commissioner of the Customs & Border Control Department (C&BCD) of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) the WCO conducted a diagnostic support mission focused on the implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) from 9 to 18 May 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The mission was conducted under the auspices of the WCO Mercator Programme, and within the framework of the WCO-Sida Trade Facilitation and Customs Modernization Programme, and included discussions with the relevant divisions within C&BCD along with stakeholders from both the public sector and the business community.    

Through active engagement with C&BCD senior officials, the WCO team was able to make a comprehensive assessment of the situation within the Customs administration, with regard to TFA implementation, highlighting areas where good progress had already been achieved and also identifying areas where further capacity building and technical assistance support may be required.

In collaboration with C&BCD, the WCO also developed a Multi-Year (MY) Mercator Implementation Plan (IP) containing activities, performance indicators, timeframes and responsible divisions and sections that will now form the basis for future actions to support effective implementation of the Articles of the TFA. The IP will also facilitate enhanced engagement with government partner agencies and private sector stakeholders involved in trade facilitation reforms.

The WCO team also took the opportunity to conduct a Mercator Maturity Model Assessment that provides an important baseline against which future TFA implementation, from  a C&BCD perspective, can be effectively measured and reported.  

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