A five-day workshop, geared toward fostering anti-corruption and good governance practices within the customs division by the conduct of administrative investigations in French-speaking international locations, kickstarted this morning, on the Built-in Customs Clearance Centre, in Plaine Magnien.
The workshop, an initiative of the Mauritius Income Authority (MRA), is organised in collaboration with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and the Programme anti-corruption et promotion de l’intégrité des douanes (A-CPI).
The Minister of Finance, Financial Planning and Growth, Dr Renganaden Padayachy; the Director Common of MRA, Mr Sudhamo Lal; the Director of Customs MRA, Mr Vivekanand Ramburun; individuals from Southern and Jap African; the MRA personnel; and different personalities attended the opening ceremony.
In his handle, Minister Padayachy highlighted that the partnership with the WCO has been pivotal in aiding within the alignment of the Mauritian customs practices with worldwide requirements. The WCO, he affirmed, not solely offered the customs division with priceless recommendation, experience and sources, but additionally engaged actively in sensitising the workers right into a tradition of ethics. These, he identified, helped within the prevention of illicit actions and the promotion of integrity, which, in accordance with him, are two essential pillars of fine governance and financial stability.
However the exterior shocks, the authorities demonstrated their resilience and abided by the worldwide norms to spice up the nation’s financial development, Dr Padayachy underlined. He additional asserted that conformity to the great governance rules has favoured a conducive setting for companies and the financial infrastructure. Because of this, the Gini Coefficient has recognized a major decline from 0.42 in 2015 to 0.304 in 2022, he indicated.
The Finance Minister, furthermore, outlined the importance of selling a simply and equitable office for all the staff. Such a follow, he acknowledged, will enhance the employees’ productiveness in addition to the effectivity and innovativeness of the duties carried out. As well as, Dr Padayachy dwelt on how the executive investigations will play a primordial position in ascertaining that the rule of regulation is revered.
For his half, Mr Lal emphasised on the roles of the WCO and the customs division of the MRA in advancing the socioeconomic improvement of Mauritius. He additionally reiterated the imperativeness of values corresponding to equity, justice, honesty and transparency in fostering a business-friendly local weather, and consequently, selling the well-being of the Mauritian inhabitants.