The World Customs Organization (WCO) and the West and Central Africa customs experts opened on Monday a two-day meeting in Banjul to discuss border protection from illicit trade and international terrorism.
The Commissioner General of The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) Yankuba Darboe said the forum will focus on protection of borders from illicit trade, ensure trade facilitation, international terrorism and the protection of the environment, among others.
“To tackle these problems confronting us today requires the strong support of our governments and people, adoption and coordination of appropriate strategies at both national, sub-regional and global levels,” he said.
Darboe assured GRA’s commitment of cooperation with regional and WCO customs to ensure security against circulation of small arms and illicit weapons.
“We should ensure that legitimate trade thrives without unnecessary impediments. We must also ensure adequate surveillance to prevent any potential threats to the security of our people and safety of international trade supply chain,” he said. Enditem