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Papua New Guinea Customs has welcomed David Towe as their new Chief Commissioner in Port Moresby.
Towe replaces former chief commissioner Ray Paul who served for eight years.
Director office of the chief commissioner Mr Donny Kowuropa said since 2011 the outgoing chief commissioner Ray Paul has achieved a number things and that includes the development of a corporate plan.
Kowuropa said under that plan Customs was able to transform and modernise much of its business processes and plans involving international best practices.
He said prior to Mr Paul being the chief commissioner much of the work was done manually and over time this has changed for the organisation with the office operating on a day to day basis using automated processes.
“With the introduced security facilities we have at the borders it has enable us to detect a great number of undeclared smuggled goods, tobacco and ultra bands from entering the country.
This has also assisted with increased revenue,” he said.
Outgoing chief commissioner Ray Paul said everything has a used by date and that he has done his time.
He said another reason why he stepped down from the office is that he has stayed too long as it is a public office and it is part of succession plan to see new people carry on.
“PNG Customs from where we come from 10 years ago we have only 30 per cent of our officers who have tertiary qualification. Today we have 95 per cent with tertiary qualifications,” Mr Paul said.
Chief Commissioner David Towe said he is happy to take on the role and will carry on from his predecessor, however, would like to see that there is more emphasis spent on improving compliance.
Towe urged officers to support him in making sure that compliance is maintained as it is an important aspect of their operations.
Prime Minister James Marape in sharing his sentiments said PNG Customs outgoing chief commissioner has set the example for those in the public sector to know when to leave.
He said he has not seen anyone in the public service including politicians give up their seats easily for someone to take over and commended Paul for that.
The Prime Minister has challenged Towe to be a chief servant, icon of non corruptibility, beacon of inspiration, light of the gloom and dark, hope in the face of hopelessness and anchor of aptitude and attitude.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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