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CCLEC 34th Annual Conference
Monday, 30 July 2012 09:17

IMG_4946The 34th Annual Conference was held in St Lucia from June 19-22, 2012 under the theme ‘Towards Better Cooperation’. Twenty four member countries were in attendance as well as a number of strategic partners.

Mr Herman St Helen, St Lucia Comptroller of Customs welcomed delegates to the conference followed by addresses by Mr Frank Holder, the Comptroller of Customs for Barbados and Chair of the XXXIII Conference, Mr Michel Prom, French Ambassador for OECS.

Dr Alison Plummer, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, delivered the Keynote Address on behalf of the Prime Minister, Dr Kenny D Anthony.  In her address Dr Plummer acknowledged the important role of Customs in revenue collection, trade and national security but she also noted that the Customs profession was a complex field that requires a multidisciplinary approach especially when dealing with the complexities and demands of the  various trading arrangements in the region.

She recognized the need for cooperation and said that CCLEC was one of the broadest pan-Caribbean organisations and naturally formed the basis for cooperation and sharing of experiences and best practices.  She commended the efforts and mission of the CCLEC in strengthening cooperation and collaboration for the betterment of the member states.

Training of Customs and Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME)
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 09:10

On the 17th – 19th of April 2012 the Caricom Secretariat Technical Action Service Unit (TASU) in pursuance of its mandate to provide technical assistance to Caricom member states in the implementation of regional decisions with regards to CSME, held a training seminar on the Training of Customs and CSME Officials in the Common External Tariff (CET) and other trade related matters.

The objectives of this undertaking was to present a common understanding among stake holders and member state officials on key trade elements with regards to CSME. The meeting was attended by Customs and Excise officers, brokerage companies, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Commence officials and other trade related personnel. The facilitators at the meeting were as follows:

Caricom Secretariat:

Norris Breedy- Safe Guard Mechanism (Procedures for Suspension of the CET on specific goods); Introduction to Rules of Origin

Bernard Black- Procedures for Certification of Community Origin; Procedures for Certification of Community Origin

Fulgence St. Prix- (CROSC) official – Caribbean Regional Organization for Standards and Quality

CCLEC 33rd Annual Conference
Friday, 10 June 2011 15:40

DSC_7157The 33rd Annual Conference was hosted by Barbados Customs from May 25-27 2011. Customs officials from the Caribbean and metropolitan countries as well as several regional and international organisations.

 The tone of the 33rd Annual CCLEC Conference was set at the Opening Ceremony by the Comptroller of Customs, Mr Frank Holder, Mr Cesar Zorrilla, Chair of the 32nd Conference, Secretary General of the WCO, Mr Kunio Mikuriya and Honourable Hon Christopher Sinckler, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Barbados.

 Mr Kunio Mikuriya, who was attending the CCLEC conference for the first time as Secretary General, underscored the role of Customs at the border and the importance of capacity building to meet the increasing challenges in border management as it relates to trade and security.

 The Hon Christopher Sinckler, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Barbados affirmed his Government’s strong support and commitment for the work of the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC). He said it can be easily demonstrated that the benefits of CCLEC membership far outweigh the annual contributions made by members.

 He said that since the establishment of CCLEC three decades ago a lot has changed and with the advent of several new trade arrangements such as the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement the role of Customs will be challenged further.


Worth of CCLEC outweighs cost
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 10:50

News_Photo_bv.asp5THE worth of a country’s membership to the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) outweighs the cost in contributions that each country must make.

This is the word of Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Christopher Sinckler. The Minister gave the keynote address during the opening ceremony of CCLEC 33rd Annual Conference, held yesterday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Sinckler said that if one were to measure the cost of CCLEC membership versus the benefits derived from it, it becomes clear that the latter outweighs the former.

“In terms of a cost/benefit analysis, it can be easily demonstrated that the benefits of CCLEC membership, with the ability to access and utilise a share of over US$2 million, far outweigh the annual contributions by members,” Sinckler noted.

CCLEC and Curacao signs MOU
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 10:29

News_Photo_bv.aspTHE Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Curacao.

The signing took place yesterday at the CCLEC 33rd Annual Conference held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre yesterday. Master of Ceremonies for the event, Head of Human Resources of the Barbados Customs, David Stuart, explained that Curacao was required to sign the MOU yesterday because as of January 1 of this year, the political structure of the Netherlands Antilles has changed. Curacao, as an independent state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Antilles, had to sign on to the MOU separately.

“The Netherlands Antilles signed the CCLEC Memorandum of Understanding in 1989 when it consisted of five islands, namely, Curacao, Bonaire, St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius. However, on the 1st of January 2011 the political structure of Netherlands Antilles ceased to exist as one. The Kingdom of the Netherlands Antilles now consists of four independent states, namely, the Netherlands, Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten. Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius are now special municipalities of the Netherlands,” Stuart explained.


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