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Feb 12, 2016

Senior Customs Officers Plan Human Resource Development

Matthew Bannen

Last week Wednesday, the Customs Department and the Financial Intelligence Unit signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen domestic cooperation in the fight against money laundering and terrorism. It allows for the access to an increased number of sources of information to carry out analytical and investigative duties. Today inside the conference room at the Customs Compound in Belize City, senior officers completed a strategic planning workshop to assist in the development of its human resources.


Matthew Bannen, Customs Modernization Advisor, World Customs Organization

“The work this week was about dealing with a particular aspect of the strategic business plan of the Belize Customs, which is quite broad in terms of the reform and modernization. There are IT aspects and legislation aspects. This week was about the human resource aspect and how best to deliver the functions that are expected of customs in Belize. So how are they going along those lines? It’s been a significant change in the last five years and we are about building on that change. To do that, we looked at all the specific functions in the commercial area, in the enforcement area, in the management area and then what are the best tools and professional development programs and training to ensure that staff can deliver those functions and those objectives under that strategic plan.”


Victor Recinos

Victor Recinos, Comptroller, Customs and Excise Department

“Planning strategic HR policy and training policy to go with the corporate business plan that we have. This corporate business plan will run from 2016 to 2019. The third pillar of that plan talks about enhancing our human resource; that being our most valuable asset. So this whole week, we have been looking at our processes, our systems and all the policies that we have to put in a comprehensive document which we will call an HR Policy and a Training Plan that will go along with that so that all that we want to accomplish will be spread out over three years in training and building of capacity in our officers.”

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