3rd ESA Regional Research Conference

Videos of the conference;

Day 1

Day 2

 

 

The 3rd ESA Regional Research Conference is scheduled to take place on 23rd and 24th March via Zoom starting 09:00hrs – 12:00hrs CAT (Both Days). The conference will focus on opportunities presented by emerging issues in Customs and Trade. The papers presented at the conference will be published in a book.

Theme: The effect of emerging issues on the role of Customs and Trade’.

Background

The World Customs Organization, East and Southern Africa, Regional Office for Capacity Building (WCO ESA ROCB) launched the ESA Regional Research Programme in 2013, aiming to build institutional capacity and the body of knowledge in Customs through research. The programme aims to enhance the region’s capacity to showcase its research globally. The 1st WCO ESA Regional Research Conference was hosted by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority in 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe, themed “Customs and Trade Facilitation: Building Institutional Capacity and the body of knowledge in Customs through research”. The 2nd conference took place in 2017, hosted by the Regional Training Centre (RTC), Kenya. The theme of the conference was “Impacts and Implication of the Trade Facilitation Agreement and the WCO Mercator Programme to the ESA region”. It was attended by more than 200 participants from 20 nations.

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PROGRAMME

DAY 1 : Tuesday, 23rd November 2021

Time. Activity RP
9:00-9:20am Opening Remarks
1. WCO ESA ROCB Director – Mr. Larry Liza
2. WCO ESA Vice Chair – Mr. Adrian P. Swarres
3. World Customs Organization Secretary General – Dr. Kunio Mikuriya
4. Guest of Honour – Director General, Mauritius Revenue Authority – Mr. Sudhamo Lal
Master of Ceremony (Mauritius)
Group Photo ROCB
9:20-9:30am Keynote Address
Topic: The effect of emerging and ongoing issues on the role of Customs and TradeMinister of Land Transport and Light Rail &
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade
The Honourable Alan Ganoo
Mauritius
9:30-10:30am Panel Discussion 1
Topic: Return to Normalcy & Impact of Virtual Engagements following the
COVID-19 pandemic
Prelude: Presentation by Larry Liza, ROCB Director
Panelists:
1. Taeil KANG – Director, WCO Capacity Building Directorate, Belgium
2. Lainkana Zafivanona – Director General, Madagascar
3. Gugu Mahlinza – Commissioner of Customs, Eswatini
Moderator:

Mr. Gumani Mugeri –South Africa

Health break
Potential effects of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on trade and Customs in East and Southern Africa.
10:35-10:45am Potential effects of the of the implementation of the African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on trade and Customs in East and Southern Africa. Ntuli Ferdinand &Dube Fungayi
-Zimbabwe
10:45-10:55am Bird’s eye view from the Private Sector – an overview of digitization and its
effect on AfCFTA, Gender and cross- border Trade as well as Trade Facilitation
in General.
Louise Wiggett, GTS
10:55-11:10am Discussions Dr. Dennis Ndonga, Australia
Security and development: Challenges and opportunities presented by technologies and emergence of new trade practices and their potential effects on security.
11:10-11:20am Regional electronic cargo tracking system: implications on trade facilitation and
smuggling by youth in Uganda along the Northern Corridor
Geofrey Okoboi &
Michael Kyanzi
Uganda
11:20-11:30am Discussions Dr. Dennis Ndonga,
Australia
Gender Equity, Equality and Diversity: Highlighting opportunities presented in the integration of gender practices and promotion of diversity in Customs and Trade in East and Southern Africa.
11:30-11:40am A Meta-analysis of the opportunities likely to be presented in the integration of
gender practices and promotion of diversity in customs and trade in ESA.
Sendra Chihaka
Zimbabwe
11:40-11:50am Discussion Dennis Ndonga,
Australia
End of Day

DAY 2 : Wednesday, 24th November 2021

Time. Activity RP
9:00-9:10am Welcome Master of Ceremony (Mauritius)
9:00-9:20am Keynote Address
Topic – Enhancing the Movement of Medicines and Medical
Equipment in East and Southern African Region Amidst Covid-19
Pandemic: Ms. Virginie Bohl, Coordinator – IMPACCT
Ms. Virginie Bohl, Switzerland
9:20-10:20am Panel Discussion 2.
Topic – The Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic on Revenue Collection
Panelists:
1. Sydney Chibbabbuka – Commissioner of Customs, Zambia
2. Abel Kagumire – Commissioner of Customs, Uganda
3. Juanita Maree – CEO SAAFF (RPSCG Representative)
Moderator:
Mr Batsirai Chadzingwa -Zimbabwe.
Enhancing trade facilitation and impact of cross border e-commerce on Customs and International trade in East and Southern Africa
10:20-10:30am Enhancing trade facilitation and impact of cross border ecommerce on Customs and International trade in East and Southern Africa Yolanda Mampana
South Africa
10:30-10:40am Enhancing Trade Facilitation & Border Management under COVID-19 in Africa – The African Union Commission Dhunraj Kassee – Ethiopia and Mark Goodger- GMLS
10:50-11:00am Discussion Nellie Mpanduki,
Zimbabwe
Health Break
10:55-11:05am Summary Outcomes of Conference Dr. Dennis Ndonga,
Australia
11:05-11:25am Closing Remarks Director: Larry Liza
Kenya.
End of Day