MRA’s ICC Center is part of a major development plan in the airport area, says Prime Minister

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The Integrated Customs Clearance Center (ICCC), a state-of-the-art Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) building housing several border agencies under one roof, was inaugurated today by the Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Home Affairs and external communications, the Minister of Rodrigues, Outer Islands and Territorial Integrity, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, in the presence of several ministers and eminent personalities, in Plaine Magnien.

The inauguration of the ICCC coincided with International Customs Day 2022, celebrated annually on January 26. The event was also marked by the unveiling of the ICCC’s inaugural plaque by the Prime Minister and the launch of a magazine entitled MRA: well positioned to meet the challenges ahead.

In his address, Prime Minister Jugnauth underlined that the inauguration of the ICCC marked a major milestone in facilitating trade in Mauritius, by reducing the cost of doing business. “The ICCC”, he said, “is part of a major development plan for the airport area, including the creation of a Cargo Village and the extension of the Freeport area”.

He said the ICCC would act as a one-stop shop bringing together several ministries and departments involved in the clearance of goods, in line with the World Customs Organization’s Coordinated Border Management. “The Customs Center will also facilitate trade, reduce downtime of goods and help in the fight against drug trafficking and money laundering,” he added.

“Since 2006, the MRA,” he said, “has had innovative successes in terms of tax collection and trade facilitation as well as its contribution to the Consolidated Fund.” Prime Minister Jugnauth emphasized the role of the MRA and its ability to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the organization has effectively harnessed the power of digitalization through an internet-based customs management system .

“The MRA Customs Department,” he said, “plays a vital role in protecting citizens from illicit drugs and practices as well as creating a safer place for society.” “The Department,” he added, “has effectively detected smuggled and prohibited goods and made unprecedented seizures of different types of drugs and mind-altering substances amounting to over Rs. of the past five years”.

“The government,” he stressed, “will continue to provide its unwavering support to the MRA to acquire the latest tools and technologies to further strengthen the fight against illicit drug and narcotics trafficking.”

Regarding this year’s theme for International Customs Day 2022, “Develop the digital transformation of customs by embracing data culture and creating a data ecosystem”, the Prime Minister underlined that this was an opportunity for the Customs community to engage in discussions on the transition to a fully digital environment. “There is also a need to create an operating model that captures and leverages data from all business ecosystems,” he added.

“The MRA Customs Department,” he said, “is working on a major digital and trade facilitation project, the Integrated Single Window System, which will benefit the trading community, reduce time wastage and business-related costs and will enable one-stop document submission system for permit processing and clearance of goods.

Prime Minister Jugnauth praised the contribution of Customs officers in making the MRA a world-class organization and urged the Organization to continue to respond actively and innovatively.

For his part, the Managing Director of the MRA, Mr. Sudhamo Lal, said that the vision of the MRA is to become a world-class tax authority, providing quality tax services and improving the ease of doing business. He also highlighted the major achievements of the organization, adding that it will continue to spearhead digital transformations for better service delivery.

As for the Director of the Customs Department, Mr. Vivekanand Ramburun, he mentioned the various MRA projects underway, namely: E-Duty Free certificate for motor vehicles; Electronic mail to reduce paper work for imports and exports; the establishment of the central control room to monitor the activities of the seaport; and the installation of body scanners at the airport.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Republic of Mauritius.

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