September 20, 2013
September 20, 2013
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CCES has been engaged in conducting vocational training courses for east Timor Customs since 2011. Over 140 customs officers were trained in the first phase of the project which was completed in December 2012.

The second phase of the project commenced in June 2013 with a Train the Trainer course, which was conducted by Mr. Jayantha Amarasekara and Associate Professor Stephen Muller for 20 customs officers over a two week period. At the end of this session, 10 participants were selected to undertake further development as trainers. By agreement with the Director General of Timor-Leste Customs, these officers are now assisting CCES Trainers to conduct the current sessions in the second phase.

The courses are conducted in three sessions; Session one covers the role of the Timor-Leste Customs Directorate, the Custom Code, the role of the World Customs Organization, the Revised Kyoto Convention, the SAFE Framework of Standards, Ethic and Integrity. In session two, officers are trained on Customs Automation (ASYCUDA), approaches to trade facilitation, ship and aircraft clearance, prohibitions and restrictions. Session three covers the critical areas of valuation, tariff, principles of cargo control, and examination of cargo and passenger clearance. A total of 25 customs officers completed all three sessions from July – September 2013.

Additionally, CCES also designed an induction course to train new recruits of Timor-Leste Customs. The induction training will also consist of three training sessions. An important element of this induction training is that participants are continuously assessed throughout the program in order to keep track of their progress with knowledge and skill development. To date, Sessions 1 & 2 have been completed of the Induction program.

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