By Maimuna Sey-Jawo
Stakeholders from the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) on Monday launched a two-day online forum to discuss The Gambia’s accession to the Revised Kyoto (RKC).
The forum funded by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) aimed to expose participants to the design roadmap for completing the membership process.
In his official opening remarks, Yankuba Darboe, Commissioner General of the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), underscored the purpose of organizing the online forum.
He said the forum was intended to take stock of the progress made in their attempt to complete The Gambia’s accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention as well as to design the roadmap for the completion of the process. membership.
“As you may know, The Gambia ratified the Kyoto Convention in 1974, almost a year after it entered into force. However, since the entry into force of the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) in 2006, The Gambia remains one of the few countries to still ratify the Convention despite the many advantages that can be derived from the ratification of the Convention ”, CG said.
According to CG Darboe, the management of the Gambia Revenue Authority is determined to put an end to this unwanted situation. In order to speed up the membership process, GRA management set up a steering committee in 2019 to launch the membership process.
After the inauguration of the Committee, he said the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world and this has taken a toll on the timeline for achieving that goal. Since its inception, the RKC committee has engaged relevant stakeholders in the process and jointly designed a roadmap for the process.
However, the Commissioner General implored the participants not to give in until the instrument of ratification was submitted to the WCO as soon as possible. Even if the pandemic were determined to block this process, this online forum should be a manifestation of your determination to carry out this mission.
“Membership in the RKC brings enormous benefits to The Gambia. As the main WCO convention on the simplification and harmonization of customs procedures, it will undoubtedly improve and strengthen trade facilitation; will give international trade the predictability and efficiency it needs and it will lay a solid foundation to reform and strengthen our customs laws and standardize them with WCO best practices, ”he added.
The Commissioner General, on behalf of the GRA Council and Management, therefore expressed his deep gratitude for the support they have received from the WCO since they expressed their desire to join the Convention. “I would also like to thank the sponsors of this workshop, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), for funding this workshop,” thanked CG GRA the sponsors.
In a follow-up, he thanked and congratulated the RKC committee and the various stakeholders for the hard work presented while urging them to continue the hard work throughout the completion of the mission.