Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Assistant Customs Commissioner for Policy and Technical Operations William L. Buku has been accredited as a World Customs Organization (WCO) Mercator Program Advisor (MPA) in the area of Trade Facilitation.
The Mercator Program, launched at the WCO Council in June 2014, is a strategic initiative to support the sustainable and effective implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation.
With his accreditation, Mr. Buku will now join the WCO experts pool in order to support WCO Members with the implementation of the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Mr. Buku was accredited in July.
The LRA nominated Mr. Buku to participate in the WCO MPA Accreditation Workshop, held in Pretoria (South Africa) during February 2016.
During the workshop, which marked the first phase of the accreditation process, Mr. Buku successfully demonstrated his knowledge and skills in the field of TFA, according to a WCO Communication to the LRA signed by WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya.
Mr. Buku also displayed strong facilitation and presentation skills during the second phase of the accreditation process, when he co-facilitated the WCO workshop on Article 23 of the TFA, dealing with National Committees on Trade Facilitation, held from 12 to 16 June 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.
Moving forward, the WCO and relevant Members will benefit from Buku’s expertise in future capacity building activities under the framework of the Mercator Program.
The WCO noted that it will formally approach the LRA Administration in advance to obtain Mr. Buku’s release prior to any field mission.
LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has applauded the Commissioner Buku for his achievement and his excellent representation of the LRA.