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Mali Customs commits to strengthening the internal control function

Among the ten key factors of the WCO Revised Arusha Declaration, the Audit & Investigation factor is a priority in the development of an efficient national strategy for Customs integrity. In this perspective, the WCO Anti-Corruption & Integrity Promotion (A-CIP) Programme supports Mali Customs’ efforts to fight corruption and promote integrity.

More than forty Malian Customs officials attended a workshop held in cooperation with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), with the objective to strengthen the internal control function of the Malian Customs administration.

Following a previous activity on the same topic in July 2021, the workshop allowed participants to consolidate their practices in internal affairs management, to identify solutions to identified vulnerabilities and to appropriate the practices and tools to be used in the deployment of the internal control plan of the Malian customs. With this objective in mind, the CBSA experts discussed with the participants the strengthening of the complaint management system.

In his opening speech, Malian Customs Director General recalled the strategic importance for the promotion of integrity of a sustained mobilization of teams dedicated to internal control in connection with the regional directorates. He also encouraged each participant to make and share individual commitments to contribute to the success of ongoing and future changes in strengthening the internal control function.

The WCO A-CIP Programme currently supports more than 20 countries in five WCO regions, with funding from Norad and Canada.