From 6 – 12 March 2014, 15 senior Customs managers from the Federal Board Revenue (FBR) Pakistan attended a five day Senior Management Development Program (SMDP) in Canberra delivered by Associate Professor Stephen Muller and Senior Consultant Mr. Shane Davie from the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES). The workshop was coupled with a study tour to visit selected areas of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS).
The course commenced with a simple opening ceremony attended by Ms. Asima Rabbani, Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan in Australia; Professor David Widdowson, CEO of CCES; Mr. Stuart Millen (Compliance Management Adviser, FBR); the course facilitators, staff of CCES and the participants.
The SMDP focused on Compliance Management as a key tool to enhance trade facilitation while maintaining a strong focus on the customs control function. The curriculum included the relevance of compliance management in strategic planning, the changing landscape of the border management, risk management as a tool of managing compliance and key considerations in developing a country specific compliance management strategy. The 15 participants were given the opportunity to analyse globally published indices relating to trading across borders and position Pakistan with a view to provide insights into the performance of Pakistan Customs. The highlight of the program was the discussion on the World Customs Organization (WCO) PICARD professional standards which enabled the participants to critically assess their competencies against PICARD standards. H.E. Mr. Abdul Malik Abdullah High Commissioner of Pakistan in Australia hosted a dinner for the group during their visit.
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