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The British High Commission in South Africa will host a three day workshop in Johannesburg for regional customs officials from Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe from 30 January until 1 February.
The participants from Namibia are Ellias Amunime, Chief Warden Etosha National Park for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Allison Kukuri, Risk Management Section, Customs and Excise from the Ministry of Fiance.
Different components of the workshop will be led by experts from UK Border Force, who have experience with CITES and capacity building around the globe.
Therefore the discussion will provide a platform for sharing best practice, innovation and expertise therefore aiming to further develop the regional networks that are vital to addressing the trans-boundary issue of illegal trade.
The workshop is a key step towards the 2018 London Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference which will recognize IWT as a security issue, affecting people as well as animals.
The workshop is a collaboration between the United Kingdom’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Chinese State Forestry Agency and the South African Revenue Service.