𝑯𝒊𝒈𝒉 𝑳𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒍 𝑪𝒖𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒎𝒔 𝑫𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒛𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝑭𝒐𝒓𝒖𝒎

3rd & 4th November 2022, Kigali Rwanda

The forum, themed “𝑳𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒏 𝑰𝑪𝑻 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒂-𝑨𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒆” was hosted by Rwanda Revenue Authority. This forum was organized by the World Customs Organization, East and Southern Africa Regional Office for Capacity Building (WCO ESA ROCB) in conjunction with the African Union Commission (AUC), and with the support of GIZ under the Technical Assistance Facility (TAF-EU).

This forum aimed at discussing trends in digitalization at national, regional and global levels and share best practices among key stakeholders, including the private sector, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Partner Government Agencies and the African Union Commission as well as the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The forum had more than 100 participants from across the world. Participants from various member Customs administrations, WCO ESA Regional Training Centres (RTCs), the WCO, the African Union, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), the private sector, and other cooperating partners.

This forum was also graced by the presence of a high level delegation including the Minister of Information and communications technology, Rwanda, Hon. Paula Ingabire; the WCO ESA Vice Chair, Mr. Batsirai Chadzingwa, Zimbabwe; Deputy Commissioner General, Rwanda – Mr. Kaliningondo Jean-Louis; and the WCO ESA ROCB Director, Mr. Larry Liza.

WCO ESA ROCB Director, Mr. Larry Liza, welcomed the delegates to the conference and thanked the people and Government of Rwanda for hosting the first ever High Level Customs Digitalization forum in the region. He highlighted the ESA Governing Council’s decision to hold this forum and was glad that this has come to pass with the support of GIZ and AUC. He also thanked the organizing team.