BIVAC Trains 30 Custom, Commerce Personnel

A process intended to modernize the operations of Customs officers and employees of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry was recently held in Monrovia under the auspices of the Bureau Veritas (BIVAC) Liberia.

The training exercise which was held in Monrovia brought together over 30 personnel from the Bureau of Customs and Excise and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

The participants were appropriately certificated after being trained from January 13, to 17, 2014 with a modernized course named General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT). The training was conducted by Mr. Frederie Brochard and Ms. Soumia Ourahou both of whom came from BIVAC International Head Office in Paris, France.

Mr. Henry Bernard; Deputy Managing Director of BIVAC Liberia in an interview following the training said the workshop was designed to ensure that customs officers and Commerce Ministry employees involved with inspection are trained to the new technique in the business.

Mr. Bernard told the INQUIRER that BIVAC Liberia is happy for the successful conduct of the GATT training as it is a part of BIVAC mandate to upgrade the capacity of customs and Commerce Ministry employees.

He further noted that this training will enhance the skills of the participants to manage the inspection regime in the future as BIVAC expires.

He said many countries around the world are now managing their own customs and inspection affairs and base on a policy designed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, BIVAC Liberia is committed to empowering Liberians to take charge.

The GATT is expected to replace the Brussels Definition of Value (BDV) a system in Liberia currently to calculate goods and their values.