Staff from the Trade and Regional Integration Department of Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) has been hailed upon successful delivery of training to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Customs Department personnel.

Conducted from 17th-22nd and 24th-28th April 2017, the training covered the research process including; methodology, data analysis, trade data tools, and communicating research, among others.

The training was attended by officers, supervisors and managers drawn from URA’s Customs Division that is mandated to provide technical support on matters such as valuation and tariff treatment of goods, management of exemptions, management of customs securities and preferential treatment of goods.

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James Kisaale the Assistant Commissioner Trade and Customs Department, URA, revealed that the customs division was not optimally performing due to a skills gap in research related activities. He added that the training will ignite collaboration between URA and EPRC to create a synergy that will strengthen both institutions in realizing their mandates.

Kisaale challenged the trainees to utilize the skills acquired and share ideas gathered from the training with staff from other departments for continuous learning. Likewise, Agnes Akello Drasi, the Customs Human Resource Development Officer appreciated the training saying, “There was a lot of engagement, trainers touched key issues such as report writing where we are lacking.”

William Ahimbisibwe appreciated the trainers’ eloquence and described the training as strategic, timely and spot on saying it will benefit the customs and trade department’s mandate.

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During the certificate award ceremony, Dr. Isaac Shinyekwa the lead trainer said that the training was well received with about 95% attendance. Other trainers included; Martin Luther Munu, Anita Ntale of the Trade Department, Dr. Francis Mwesigye and Dr. Swaibu Mbowa of the Sectoral Department and Elizabeth Birabwa, Head of Information and Dissemination, EPRC.

EPRC conducted a similar exercise on 8th and 15th September 2016 for Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA)

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