The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) says its objective of creating an inter-generational exchange is to place the younger generation at the heart of global customs transformation.
Principal Revenue Officer at the Customs Laboratory, Mr. Samuel Akrofi, stated at a Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) forum to observe the 2023 International Customs Day that the inter-generational exchange would help to collectively harness the strengths of the older and younger generations of customs officers.
He highlighted, the first band of custom officers was the old and experienced officers, who had tacit knowledge through the building of competence, skills, and expertise over the years whereas, the young officers were technology-savvy, energetic, ambitious, and environmentally conscious but lacked tacit knowledge.
He says this is in line with the World Customs Organisation’s (WCO) agenda to place the younger generation at the heart of global custom transfer, but there has to be a systematic transfer of knowledge so mistakes that had been made in the past are not repeated.
He mentioned the capacities of the younger generation of officers will be nurtured in line with newer requirements in customs administration since the responsibilities have evolved making security and protection of the environment and society, a core of its due to global trends of increased awareness of sustainability and the war on terror.