RTC Kenya (KESRA)

BRIEF HISTORY

The World Customs Organisation Regional Training Center, Kenya is known as the  Kenya School of Revenue Administration (KESRA), formerly the Kenya Revenue Authority Training Institute (KRATI), It is owned by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). RTC Kenya is one of the four WCO RTC in the WCO East and southern Africa region. The other WCO RTC are in Mauritius, South Africa and Zimbabwe. KESRA  seeks to build a cadre of professionals drawn from both the public and private sectors at the National, regional and international level..

WCO RTC – Mombasa, Kenya

KESRA is an amalgamation of three training schools – the Customs Training Centre (this is located in Mombasa), the Income Tax Training School and the Value Added Tax Training School (both were located in Nairobi). When the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) was formed in 1995, the three schools were merged and placed under the Human Resources Department. In January, 2012, KRATI was granted semi-autonomy, and detached from the Human Resources Department. Simultaneously, being re-branded to the Kenya School of Revenue Administration (KESRA).

Currently, the School has two campuses; Mombasa and Nairobi campuses. The Mombasa Campus is the WCO RTC is situated in the up market suburb of Nyali, Mombasa, an attractive tourist environment that offers a serene  environment for conducive learning. The Mombasa Campus is also strategically located in regard to Customs and Border Control as it is  a short distance from the Port of Kilindini, the Airport, and other regional offices including border stations, the trainees have access to hands-on practical training. The Nairobi Campus is located on the outskirts of the Central Business District in Westlands, Nairobi..

The Head of the RTC is Commissioner Beatrice Memo who is instrumental in the transformation at the RTC. The RTC hosts  WCO activities as a priority  and is the center of excellence for the Economic Competitive package in the East and southern African region of the WCO.

Vision

The School seeks to be the recognized leader in fiscal management, tax and customs human resource development.

Mission

Development of a globally competitive human resource in Fiscal Management, Tax and Customs administration through the provision of relevant quality training, research and consultancy.

Area of focus

The School’s training, consultancy and research was largely internally focused, with the emphasis being on capacity development for KRA. However, the it has transitioned into an outward looking institution by  offering various programmes to the public in Fiscal Management, Tax And Customs Administration.

Programmes

The courses offered at KESRA

  1. East African Customs Freight Forwarders Certificate;
  2. Certificate in Customs Administration;
  3. Certificate in Tax Administration;
  4. Diploma in Tax Administration;
  5. Diploma in Customs Administration;
  6. Postgraduate Diploma in Customs Administration;
  7. Postgraduate Diploma in Tax Administration; and
  8. Masters in Tax and Customs Administration.

The RTC has been instrumental in training in the East African region, countries including Burundi , Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and the South Sudan. In the East African Region the RTC is the oldest Customs training center that used to train Customs under the old East Africa Community.

Here are some past Trainings and Workshops

Click here to visit the official RTC Kenya website