13 new officers to join SI Customs

Group phot of participants with PS McKinnie and SI Customs Comptroller with his senior officers
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THIRTEEN new officers of Solomon Islands Customs have successfully completed a 16 weeks training focused on customs operational areas and are now equipped to start working with SI Customs.

Comptroller of Solomon Islands Customs, Jim Sutton said participants have been trained in different areas with SI Customs.

He said these new graduating officers will be useful to his office and will continue to advance the plans that SI Customs has in place.     

Sutton on the same note encouraged participants to stay true to themselves as there will be a lot of challenges faced during their time on field.

From (L-R) Peldro Rooney, Watkin Keleni and Anderson Kukutu

“Let me remind you to stay true to yourself and your Christian beliefs when you are carrying out your work on the field as there will be a lot of corruption you will be faced with.

Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Finance and Treasures McKinnie Dentana said these new graduating officers will help advance the plans the ministry has in place.

“On behalf of my ministry, I congratulate you for completing this training. I am sure you are now ready and excited to carry your work with SI Customs,” Dentana said.

Three of the six female participants

Meanwhile, the Customs New Recruit Induction Course number two of 2021 commenced on Monday the 8th of November 2021 and concluded with a Graduation Ceremony for 13 participants on Tuesday the 19th of April 2022.

The Training Course runs for a 16 weeks’ duration consisting of 10 weeks’ classroom-based learning and 6 weeks of On the Job (OJT) placements.

PS McKinnie hands over Junior Batarii’s certificate

 There are eight Modules undertaken in the classroom that are as follows: Module 1 – Customs Corporate, Module 2 – Law and Customs Clearance Procedures, Module 3 – Customs Classification and Tariff, Module 4  – Customs Valuation, Module 5 – Customs Asycuda System, Module 6 –  Customs Risk Management and Examinations,  Module 7 – Customs Enforcement and Module 8 – Customs Warehousing and Audit

The lead trainer of the program is Stuart Millan supported by senior staff from SI Customs.