PRIME Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare (MP) has expressed the need for major improvements in the country’s Customs and Excise Divison.
This was echoed during a courtesy visit paid to him by the new Customs and Excise Comptroller Mr. Jim Sutton at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OPMC) this morning.
The Prime Minister stated that the country could fully maximize revenue, proper facilitate trade and protect the border from the illegal movement of goods and people for the safety of the community if the responsible bodies are properly doing their work.
In response, Mr. Sutton also expressed his commitment to address any issues within his capacity and to deliver to the expectations of the government and especially the Customs and Excise Divison.
The Prime Minister also thanked Mr. Sutton for taking up the employment and welcomed him to the country.
Mr. Sutton holds three Masters degrees (International Customs Law & Administration; International Revenue Administration (Tax & Excise); Project Management), as well as qualifications in business management and a Certificate of Advanced Negotiations from Harvard University.
Mr. Sutton’s career in Customs has spanned more than 40 years including 18 years with the Australian Customs Service before he embarked on an international career, which has spanned many countries including Afghanistan, PNG, Ghana, Vietnam, Angola, Pakistan, Liberia, and Timor-Leste.
Mr. Sutton has been involved in successfully negotiating and implementing high-level trade treaties and designing and implementing revenue and taxation policies.