WITH the global financial downturn, the Fiji Revenue and Custom Authority (FRCA) and other customs organisations in the world are faced with the need to be relevant and efficient.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) regional coordinator for Asia and Pacific Automated System for Customs Data software Programme (ASYCUDA), Renaud Massenet said the global financial crisis meant there was less trade, thus less revenue.
Mr Massenet was in the country to attend the 2012 review of ASYCUDA Regional Support Mechanism for the Pacific, which was hosted by FRCA in Suva last week.
He said governments continued to pressure customs organisations on revenue collection adding on to an already challenging environment. "The trading environment changes a lot and constantly and customs organisations need to remain relevant and efficient. Customs organisations need to be more flexible and adaptable to changes, in particular on new technology and standards," he said in a statement.
The ASYCUDA system is a customs automation software that was developed by UNCTAD and is being used by 90 countries in the world. Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu were part of a three-year AUSAID/UNCTAD-funded ASYCUDA project in 1998.