ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday October 7, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 19
Financial Times  

Customs ties with PIM for MBA

Sri Lanka Customs (SLC) has agreed to enter into a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding with the Postgraduate Institute of Marketing (PIM), University of Jayewardenepura along with the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES), University of Canberra, Australia to start a Master of Customs administration programme.

Dr. Uditha Liyanage, Director of PIM speaking at the press briefing held recently said this course is “a course combining technical and management components” and that it will help Customs staff who are practitioners, banking on their experience to become professionals, where they can mix theoretical knowledge with their personal experience.

Prof. David Widdowson, CEO, CCES said Customs officials perform very important functions such as enforcement of national and international policy and international supply chain security. “How can Customs administrate policies if they don’t know how international trade functions” Widdowson said, answering questions as to how this programme will be helpful for the customs officials.

The programme will be conducted in three stages and will last approximately 18 months and is scheduled to start in January, Dr. Liyanage said. The programme will be open to Customs officials from Sri Lanka as well as the region . (LP)


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