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Establishment of SEATAC (Southern and Eastern African Technical Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) Centre)

Based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, SEATAC is hosted by the Tanzania Revenue Authority and staffed by an UNCTAD support coordinator. The ASYCUDA programme was launched in 2006 with funding of US$ 800,000 from the Norwegian Government. It is directed at reforming the customs clearance processes of user countries (Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) with the aim of: (i) speeding up customs clearance by introducing computerization and simplifying procedures, thus minimizing administrative costs to the business community and the economies of countries; (ii) increasing customs revenue by ensuring that all goods are declared, that duty/tax calculations are correct and that duty/exemptions, preference regimes, etc., are correctly applied and managed; and (iii) producing reliable and timely trade and fiscal statistics to assist in the economic planning process as a by-product of the customs clearance process. SEATAC provides real time technical support to customs officers in the region; complex technical queries are relayed to Geneva via the ASYCUDA, Geneva hotline. SEATAC has the broader aim of building national capacity within the region. The project also provides for the secondment of selected national IT staff to SEATAC Regional Centre for training and familiarization with the system − an important aim is to implement the systems as efficiently as possible with a full transfer of know-how to national customs administrations at the lowest possible cost for countries and donors.

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Norad support to the World Customs Organization’s Columbus Programme Phase II – Capacity Building for WCO members. The goal of the programme is to modernize customs administrations in participating member countries and ensure that they apply modern management and custom practices in a specific area. Capacity building activities will take place in Liberia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Vietnam and East Timor. The total budget allocated by Norway is approx. US$ 2.8 million for 2012-2015..

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