ARISE Plus arranged a capacity building workshop in Yangon, for members of the Myanmar Customs. The workshop scope and content were based on a gap analysis carried out by ARISE Plus experts in late 2018. The workshop was formally opened by Mr. Aung San Tun, Deputy Director of Myanmar Customs Department. Two ARISE Plus experts delivered the workshop, which was moderated by Glyn Evans, ARISE Plus Customs and Transport Expert. An expert from Indonesia Customs, Mr. Asep Ridwan, Head of Section Planning and Evaluation of Sea Patrol Directorate of Prevention and Investigation, also delivered valuable training to the participants.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
- Strengthen the understanding and knowledge of Customs intelligence and investigation process and techniques;
- Outline main requirements for strengthened implementation of Customs intelligence and investigation functions;
- Discuss international and regional best practices in the field of Customs intelligence and investigation;
- Provide policy guidance for strengthening of Customs intelligence and investigation; and
- Identify present level of development of Customs intelligence and investigation functions at the Customs administration concerned as well as priority areas for further technical assistance in this field.
Workshop Results and Next Steps
The workshop was well received by the participants, who were young and committed to improving intelligence and investigation techniques in Myanmar Customs. They found the workshop to be a genuinely useful course, which will provide practical guidance for the management and operational procedures of these functions in Myanmar Customs. The workshop participants requested further such support, which will be based in additional items in the ARISE Plus gap analysis findings of capacity building needs for Myanmar Customs.