KW has made an interview with my old friend Mr Dicksons Collins Kateshumbwa, Commissioner Customs at the Uganda Revenue Authority and newly elected chairperson of the Council of the World Customs Organisation, my omd organization.
I think the WCO Membership made a great choice in electing Dicksons, or Katy as we call him, as the new Chairperson of the organization. It is the first time East Africa holds this position.
I started working with Katy many years ago when we together desgoned and developed the Uganda AEO programme.
He has been an ambassador for AEO and good Customs practices for many years and he is a great leader and a tremendous representative for his country and the Customs family. I wish him all of luck in his important new position and I will do whatever I can to support him.
How will Uganda and the region benefit from your recent appointment as chairperson of the Council of the World Custom Organisation?
Being the first African to assume that role means something. It is important in the sense that I am the first African to occupy that position in the 67 years of World Custom Organisation. I will be flying our flag in Brussels for the next two years.
I intend to represent Uganda, the EAC region and the continent at large with dedication and utmost efficiency. This position also says something about the confidence that URA has garnered across the globe over the years. The 183 member countries seems have noticed the reforms we have instituted. No wonder we get visitors and delegations virtually every month to learn a thing or two from us. So under my reign, I will ensure that as country we build bridges with other networks with a view of promoting our exports across various locations globally.