Timor-Leste: Customs Reform Project (CRP)
Client: USAID and the Government of Timor-Leste
Year Completed: Ongoing through 2020
The purpose of the Customs Reform Project formerly known as the Revenue Enhancement For Good Governance Activity (REGGA) is to support the Government of Timor-Leste’s (GOTL) Fiscal Reform Plan by improving the efficiency of international and cross border trade and transit. The activity seeks to assist the GOTL to reduce trade costs through implementing international best-practice customs clearance and transit procedures. This is expected to encourage investment, increase government revenues, and support Timor-Leste accession to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The activity should increase transparency, clarity, predictability, and certainty in the trade environment, allowing traders and producers to become more efficient.
The goal of the project will be achieved through three major avenues:
Modernization of customs procedures in accordance with the Revised Kyoto Convention
Building of a culture of integrity with zero tolerance to 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 all of the trade related data via a single website.