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PNG Customs and Sandaun Provincial Government sign MoU

The PNG Customs Service and the Sandaun Provincial Government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) based on cooperation and resource sharing to assist both parties to effectively carry out their mandated duties.

The MoU was signed in Port Moresby on Wednesday Sept 21, 2016 by PNG Customs Chief Commissioner Ray Paul and the West Sepik Provincial Administrator Mr Henry Norm.

Chief Commissioner Ray Paul said, "having this MoU in place is a step towards enhancing PNG Customs carry out its mandated duties of border security and enforcement along the PNG-Indonesia land border by ensuring legitimate trade facilitation and revenue generating options for West Sepik Province itself and for PNG as a whole."

He said the MoU covers both entities sharing information and resources in conducting operational and joint border patrols along with relevant State Agencies in combating illegal trade at the border.

The MoU also provides for institutional capacity building between PNG Customs and Sandaun Provincial Government whereby State land identified by the Provincial Government, may be allocated to Customs to station Customs Officers at strategic locations along the land border to monitor illicit activities that are taking place and further develop the Wutung Border Post.

Both Mr Paul and Mr Norm were committed to bringing much needed State services and development to the Province in whatever way they can in their respective capacities in order to better serve the people of the province and the country.

Authorised by:
Ray Paul, OBE
Chief Commissioner of Customs