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Customs officers commended for efficiency

LRA boss Thabo Khasipe

Jan. 27, 2020 2 min read

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MASERU - Customs officials should be commended for contributing towards the development and growth of the economy of any country, the Commissioner General of the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA), Thabo Khasipe has said.

Mr Khasipe made these remarks during the commemoration of the International Customs Day held in Maseru on Friday.
The theme for this year's celebration is “Customs fostering sustainability for people, prosperity and the planet”.
Mr Khasipe said Lesotho took a bold step in piloting Coordinated Border Management, adding that the initiative qualifies to be showcased as Lesotho is the first country in the African continent to implement it.
He reminded the Customs workers that the way they conduct themselves at their workplaces directly affects business between Lesotho and the world.

He, therefore, urged them to dedicate their selves to their work for the benefit of Lesotho and Basotho.
He said they must always prevent delays at the border posts as they may lead to a loss of business, adding that this will in turn affect business in Lesotho.
Speaking at the same occasion, 'Matlotliso Thelejane from the Ministry of Home Affairs said at first they could not understand Lesotho Border Management Services (LBMS).

She, however, showed that they now appreciate the system as they share duties, hence provide improved services to Basotho.


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The initiative she further showed is a great milestone as queues at the Maseru border-post have been reduced, an indication that their clients are accessing best services which lead to improved business.
To mark this day, LRA recognised the excellence and outstanding performance of Traders, Clearing Agents, Public Sector as well as LRA officers through presenting awards to them.
This year's commemoration is dedicated to the contribution of Customs towards a sustainable future where social, economic, health and environmental needs are at the heart of people's actions.
The ICD is held every January 26 to recognise the role of Custom Officials and Agencies in maintaining border security. It focuses on the working conditions and challenges that Customs officers face in their jobs.



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