Johannesburg - A SA Revenue Service (Sars) senior official has been elected to head capacity building at the World Customs Organisation (WCO), Sars said in a statement on Wednesday.
The appointment of Sars group executive for customs strategy and policy Erich Kieck signified Sars's continuing role in enhancing customs capabilities at a global level, said Sars chief officer of customs and border management Gene Ravele.
Ravele said it was while Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan chaired the WCO that its capacity-building directorate was created, the biggest capacity building effort in its history was launched, and new global customs standards were adopted.
Kieck's election had shown that SARS customs shared a vision of enhancing customs capacity at all levels.
In South Africa, this would be achieved through the customs modernisation programme, and at bilateral level through cooperation agreements with countries such as Lesotho and Mauritius.
At regional level it would be achieved through participation in the Southern Africa Customs Union and Southern African Development Communities customs project, and at global level through the WCO.
Kieck's five year term in Brussels starts on January 1. He replaces Lars Karlsson from Sweden.
A post of director of compliance and facilitation at the WCO was filled by a candidate from China customs Zhu Gaozhang, Sars said.