RTC Kenya (KESRA)

BRIEF HISTORY

The World Customs Organisation Regional Training Center, Kenya is known as theย  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 RTCย areย in Mauritius, South Africa and Zimbabwe. KESRA ย seeks to build a cadre of professionals drawn from both the public and private sectors at the National, regional and internationalย level..

WCO RTC โ€“ Mombasa, Kenya

KESRA is an amalgamation of three training schools โ€“ 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. Inย January,ย 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 theย up marketย suburb of Nyali, Mombasa, an attractive tourist environment that offers aย sereneย  environmentย for conducive learning. The Mombasa Campus is also strategically located in regard to Customs and Border Control as itย is ย aย 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,ย Nairobi..

The Head of the RTC is Commissioner/Head KESRA, Dr. Fred Mugambi Mwirigi.ย  Dr. Fred Mugambi Mwirigi is instrumental in steering visionary transformation of the RTC. The RTC hostsย  WCO activities as aย priorityย  andย is theย centerย 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 Schoolโ€™s training, consultancy and researchย wasย largely internally focused, with the emphasis being on capacity development for KRA. However,ย the itย has transitioned into anย outward lookingย institutionย byย  offeringย 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 includingย Burundi ,ย Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and the South Sudan. In the East Africanย Regionย the RTC is the oldest Customs trainingย centerย that used to train Customs under the old East Africa Community.

Here are some pastย Trainingsย and Workshops

Click here to visit the official RTC Kenya website