Tamba: Strategic management is important


The commissioner of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Elfrieda Stewart Tamba says strategic management cannot be overlooked in this century of customs, general revenue administration as well as business management anywhere in the world.

Customs today has moved away from the traditional gatekeeper concept to an approach which meets the growing demand of trade facilitation. It requires the implementation of simple border processes, the automation of border processes and setting the appreciate balance between border control and trade facilitation, the LRA chief pointed out recently during a West African Customs Administration Modernization (WACAM) Project Workshop on Strategic Management in Monrovia, the Liberian capital.
She said the LRA is fully committed to this progress by admonishing the participants of the workshop to make the most use of this learning opportunity so that upon their return they will positively impact their respective countries.

Mrs. Tamba thanked the World Customs Organization (WCO) for affording Liberia the opportunity to host the workshop and added that the event was a clear demonstration of confidence in “us as people and country follow the ended of the deadly Ebola virus.”

Yankuba Darboe, head of the Gambia Revenue Authority,  said he was delighted to be part of the regional workshop.

He said strategic planning is significant for any organization, noting that without strategic planning an organization will not move smoothly.

“It is planning that move an organization. Without a proper planning an institution will not move in the right direction,” he pointed out.

Mr. Darboe said that the week-long clinic will help participatants significantly in getting new knowledge as to how to plan in collecting revenue for their respective institutions.

Also speaking, Philip Wood of the WCO said it was a privilege working in Liberia after doing so in ten other countries for the last few years.

He said the workshop is funded by the Sweden International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through the WCO for implementation.

He revealed that this is the second phase of the project and added that WACAM phase one project started in 2008.

Mr. Wood stated that the WACAM Project has been a great success after working with several customs administrations across Africa to help develop their capabilities to improve the services they provide.

“This week-long clinic is gear toward building your capability. We are not here to draft strategic planning for you, to develop action planning and look communication strategic. We are here to work with you in order to develop your skill, so that you can have the capacity to do it for yourself. That is what our work is all about”, he stressed.

The participants are from several West African speaking countries.

Story & Photo by Peter N. Toby