GIS - 10 March, 2020: An award ceremony to reward 68 employees, from 26 enterprises in the Freight and Logistics sector, who have completed their training in Customs Brokerage and Logistics, was held, yesterday, at the Municipal Council of Port Louis. The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Leslie Collendavelloo, the Minister of Labour, Human Resource Development and Training, Mr Soodesh Satkam Callichurn, the Director of the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC), Mr Raj Auckloo, and other personalities were present on the occasion.
The training programme is a joint initiative of the HRDC and the Association Professionnelle des Transitaires (APT), run under the Sectoral Skills Development Scheme (SSDS). The training was held from 17 February 2020 to 09 March 2020 and comprised 11 sessions which focused mainly on theoretical components, practical exercises and sharing of experience. The main objectives are to enhance the capacity of existing employees working directly with customs in the Freight and Logistics sector and speeding up clearance and delivery of goods.
In his address, the Deputy Prime Minister lauded the role of freight forwarders in the economic development of the country by ensuring delivery of goods in a timely and most effective manner. The clearance of goods from Customs, he underlined, is an important component in the classification in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, and added that the Freight and Logistics sector has been largely instrumental to improving the country’s ranking on the Index.
Mauritius, he stated, is poised to become a regional logistics hub backed by its strong port infrastructure and high international air connectivity. This, according to him, can be achieved by developing the air traffic, enlarging markets, working on regulations and rules of origin, and excelling in the international regulatory practices and customs requirements.
Minister Callichurn recalled that a competent and skilled workforce is the bedrock of economic advancement and that his Ministry is committed to ensuring that every Mauritian has the required set of skills to contribute meaningfully to boost the productivity and competitiveness of the country. It is equally collaborating with stakeholders to develop the human capital of this sector which is critical to ensure sustained progress, modernisation and excellence in all aspects of Customs’ brokerage works, he added.
He also laid emphasis on innovation and technology, the key drivers for successful customs administrations to ensure that the sector remains dynamic and is in a strong position to meet any challenges. The Minister encouraged more such initiatives to retain skills and enhance the image of the Customs Brokerage professions.
Mr Auckloo, for his part, spoke of the necessity of an appropriate framework, required expertise, state-of-the-art tools and appropriate technology to ensure sustainable and balanced growth in all sectors in Mauritius. In the same vein, the HRDC, he said, has implemented a number of initiatives which cut across all sectors of the economy to bridge skills gap and create a pool of readily available talents.
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