GIS - September 11, 2012: A First Day Cover with four stamps on the Customs Department to mark the bicentenary celebrations of Customs Services in Mauritius, was launched yesterday at the Custom House in Mer Rouge, by the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) in collaboration with the Mauritius Post Ltd.
The issue of these new stamps is an acknowledgement of the significant contribution of the Customs services to the economic and social life of the country for more than 200 years. The four stamps depict the Customs Services in different fields with denotation of Rs 7, Rs 8, Rs 20 and Rs 25 illustrating some of the areas where the customs services are involved in their fight against crime and fraud prevention through the use of people, animals and state-of- the- art technology.
On the same occasion, the Mauritius Standards Bureau handed over to the MRA the ISO 9001:2008 certificate in the wake of the reforms and modernisation programme adopted by the Authority making it a world class organisation. The certification ensures that every department and division of the MRA is administered within the Corporate Governance Framework and that they have consistent, transparent and efficient procedures with clear accountability.
In recognition of the cordial relationship between the Customs and the Police, the MRA also donated a Customs detector dog to the Commissioner of Prisons, Mr Jean Bruneau, to provide useful assistance for the control of illegal entry of drugs on the Prisons’ premises.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Mr. Tassarajen Pillay, who was present at the ceremony reiterated government’s vision which is to make Information and Communication Technology (ICT) an affordable tool that profitably shapes the lives of all citizens. Regarding the use of ICT, he pointed out that the MRA has fully collaborated in the implementation of an E-Government system that aims at enhancing citizen convenience and improving internal efficiencies and effectiveness in the government. This initiative, according to the Minister has contributed towards a higher visibility of E-Government for citizens in their daily transactions.
For his part, the Director General of the MRA, Mr. Sudhamo Lal, underpinned the crucial role of his department, which apart from revenue collection has today moved to more pressing issues namely: the protection of the society from transnational diseases, narcotics trade, economic crimes of money laundering and ensuring that the international supply chain is not used to vehicle the deadly weapons of terrorism and mass destruction.In a bid to ensure that Customs shoulders these responsibilities without hindering the normal flow of goods and passengers across the frontiers, the MRA has accelerated the reform and modernisation process through the use of ICT and modern Customs administration techniques propounded by the World Customs Organisation.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Mauritius Post Ltd., Mr. Giandev Moteea, highlighted MRA’s collaboration with the Mauritius Post in enhancing the quality service offered at the various counters by integrating latest technologies. Mr Moteea also appealed to the Customs Department to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mauritius Post Ltd. to encapsulate other areas of cooperation and perpetuate further the joint venture between the two organisations for the years ahead.