Project: Tonga - Implement Customs Management System

Country:

Tonga

Role:

Customs Advisor

Funding Agency:

AusAid

In-Country Agency:

Ministry of Finance

Date:

November-2007

Duration (months):

6 months

Consultants:

Lloyd Powell

Comments:

Customs advisor with a focus on creating a level playing field for businesses in support of a private sector lead economy.

Agree a strategy to build community confidence in customs equity and professionalism and implement that strategy. Reviewed estimates of customs revenue and estimated leakages. Reviewed customs processes and compliance. Opened up communications with Tongan community on customs issues and bought out non-compliance cases and proceeded with immediate prosecutions to signal government intent to resolve customs leakages.

Appointed head of Customs for a year.

Implemented recommended restructuring of operations.

Appointed Customs IT manager.

Focused on building and implementing IT system for small PIC’s based on existing IT architecture pioneered for the GST IT system introduced back in 1996 for the Cook Islands.