Timor-Leste: Customs Reform Project (CRP)
The purpose of the USAID-funded Customs Reform Project is to support the Government of Timor-Leste (GOTL) Fiscal Reform Plan by improving the efficiency of international and cross border trade and transit. A cornerstone of the GOTL’s Fiscal Reform Plan has been reform in the Customs sector as one of the four main priority areas for diversifying government revenue.
Through this activity, IBI assists the GOTL and its private sector counterparts to reduce trading costs through implementing international best-practice customs clearance and transit procedures. The project, which is broken down into three closely related outcomes, is assisting the GOTL in creating a more effective business enabling environment, promoting both domestic and foreign investment in the country, increasing non-oil and gas revenues, and supporting Timor-Leste’s accession to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Project outcomes are being achieved through three major work streams:
Modernization of customs procedures in accordance with the Revised Kyoto Convention
Building of a culture of integrity with zero tolerance for corruption through implementation of the World Customs Organization Revised Arusha Declaration
Establishment of a Timor-Leste National Trade Information Portal to ensure easy and convenient access to trade related data via a single website.
Customs officials prepare to inspect a container at Dili Sea Port. IBI adjusted the project’s workplan to provide urgent support on COVID-related priorities. These included keeping the Sea Port open as an economic lifeline for the country.