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By John Emmanuel

September 11, 1998 - Senior and supervisory staff of the Customs and Excise Department will on the weekend, converge on Club St. Lucia for a two-day retreat. The exercise, follows a major Customs Reform and Modernization Project which began in June of 1998, funded by the UK government.

Customs Research and Planning supervisor Claude Paul, says to date preparatory work has been undertaken towards strengthening and improving the management and operational systems of the department. "We intend to discuss many issues of concern affecting the department. We will examine the planning system and plot the way forward," said Paul in an interview with the Government Information Service.

The major stakeholders have also been invite to be updated the reform and modernization project, and on some of the new initiatives which will be undertaken for the future. Addresses at the weekend retreat are expected to come from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Chamber of Commerce, the Police Commissioner, the Civil Service Association and the Customs Brokers Association.



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