St Helena : ST HELENA CUSTOMS TO INTRODUCE AUTOMATED DATA SYSTEM
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Juanita Brock) 22.06.2013 (Article Archived on 20.07.2013)
St Helena, one of the remotest jurisdictions in the world, is introducing ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data).
CUSTOMS TO INTRODUCE AUTOMATED DATA SYSTEM
St Helena, one of the
remotest jurisdictions in the world, is introducing ASYCUDA (Automated System
for Customs Data).
This web based system will improve
efficiency and speed in the acceptance and clearance of cargo, tax and other
paper transactions. It also provides for the clearance of goods and for payment
online. The system allows for a one-stop gateway for HM Customs and Revenue
business, providing Government with trade figures and statistics in real time
which is invaluable for budgeting and planning.
The development of the ASYCUDA
system on St Helena signals the continuing improvement of HM Customs and
Revenue’s service to the trade, public and Government, all of which will assist
the Island in its future development.
Peter Henderson, Director General
of HM Customs and Revenue on St Helena said:
“The ASYCUDA system will allow for
simplified procedures that are clearly understood and transparent, while
providing the level of service the community requires and deserves in the
modern world. ASYCUDA will continue to develop in the future and we can look
forward to further innovations.”
“While accepting electronic
systems can improve our lives, we should never forget that there is an
important human element in operating them and we are fortunate to have
dedicated and professional staff, plus assistance from the United Nations
Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).”
Reaching this point has taken a
lot of hard work and dedication but now that the planning and procurement
phases have been completed, St Helena staff - Juliette O’Dean, Customs
Administrative Officer and Jeremy Roberts, Head of Information Technology - are
now undergoing training by UNCTAD in Geneva to ensure the system can be
installed and rolled out effectively on the Island.
The Introduction of the ASYCUDA
system signifies a further step in the provision of E-government and ‘green’
government, and is important to the modernisation of the Island and its growing
PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION - REMINDER
Entries are invited from
the ages of 10 and upwards for a national photography competition. The photos
submitted must be images taken of St Helena. There are no set categories, but
all images of people, places, wildlife and scenery should seek to capture the
atmosphere, beauty and culture of the Island. There are 3 age categories (see
Images submitted for judging (a
maximum of 5 photos per entry) must be on CDs placed in an envelope with a
description of the pictures, date taken, photographer’s name, age and contact
details - addressed to Ian Jones, Chief Public Relations Officer, 1 Main
Street. Entries will be judged by a panel of St Helena residents.
The closing date for entries is
Wednesday 31 July 2013, 4pm.
Prizes will be awarded by HE The
Governor for first (£150), second (£75) and third place (£50) in each of the
age categories of 10-15 yrs, 16-21 yrs and 22 and over. Winning entries are
likely to receive substantial publicity as well as being displayed on the St
Helena Government Website.
18 June 2013