This is the diploma announcing that Charles Sturt University conferred a Doctor of Education (honoris causa) earlier this week. 

This was a tremendous honor and a very proud moment for me. 

I want to thank the leadership of CSU, Pro Chancellor Dr. Angelos Frangopoulos, Chancellor Dr. Michelle Allen, Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann ä, Professor Tracey Green and Professor David Widdowson for giving me this honor.

I also want to thank Linda Breen, Tisi Tukuniu and Faye Christopher for your help and support during this process. 

Finally my gratitude to all colleagues and friends that over the years have been so important for me in my work – you know who you are. Thank you! 

Emirates, only on Emirates. The best airline in the world right now. By far. 

The economy/coach service is amazing. Especially in the A380 plane.

Wifi aboard, 400 movies on a 15 inch screen, TV Shows, live television, music and a lot of exiting documentaries. 

I just watched two very good documentaries on Emirates ICE. I recommend them both.
First I watched ‘Vikings Uncovered’.  

In the documentary Dan Snow uncovers the lost Vikings in America with space archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcak. 

Sarah uses satellites 383 miles above the earth to spot ruins as small as 30cm buried beneath the surface. As Sarah searches for Viking sites from Britain to America, Dan explores how they voyaged thousands of miles when most ships never left the shoreline. He also tracks their expansion west, first as raiders and then as settlers and traders throughout Britain and beyond to Iceland and Greenland. In North America they excavate what could be the most westerly Viking settlement ever discovered.

Then I watched ‘City in the Skies’, which I loved (being a globetrotter). 

This is a BBC2 documentary about what does it take to get a million people and their luggage off the ground and up in the air? At any one time a million people are airborne. A city in the sky made up of the 100,000 flights that criss-cross the world daily.

These are great shows. Don’t miss them. 

World Customs Organization (WCO) reports that the five African countries in thr East African Community (EAC) now have agreed on the technological foundation to facilitate the administration of the regional Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programme in order to support, facilitate and secure trade. 

The WCO – EAC CREATe Project, funded by Sweden, supports the EAC region in implementing a regional Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) programme based on international best practices. 

In order to effectively administer the regional AEO programme, the #EastAfricanCommunity member administrations agreed to introduce an AEO identifier on the #Customs declarations. Furthermore, it was decided that the EAC member administrations would gradually adopt the Globally Networked Customs (GNC) approach, recommended by the WCO.

Furthermore, the EAC member administrations will also adopt and implement the Unique Consignment Reference number (UCR) as recommended by the WCO. 

On the topic of UCR, the EAC Members benefited from the experience and expertise of a lead IT expert from Swaziland who was critical in developing the region’s own UCR system as part of the SACU regional Preferred Trader Programme under the WCO-SACU Connect Project, also funded by Sweden.

The EAC Director Customs, Mr. Kenneth Bagamuhunda, says in a comment: “We are grateful to the WCO and Sweden who have given us a lot of support for this project, but we now need to look at sustainability beyond the project”.

Source: WCO