Paul Colpitts (right) meeting with BURS During the week of January 18, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub started work to complete two priority areas of technical assistance to the Botswana United Revenue Service (BURS).

The first is the drafting of the Botswana Customs Act and Regulations Public Awareness and Education plan to assist BURS in raising awareness of the content of draft legislation. It is designed to promote key themes and messages to selected audiences including members of parliament, the judiciary, and technocrats to make them aware of the significant changes the draft legislation will bring about.

The second area of technical assistance is the drafting of two priority regulations related to National Single Window and Coordinated Border Management. A meeting was held on January 19, 2016 with the Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Phodiso Valashia, to ensure that the activity’s direction and expected outputs met with BURS expectations. This work will be completed by the end of February 2016.

Photo: Paul Colpitts (right) meeting with BURS officials at the Trade Hub offices in Gaborone on January 20, 2015, to discuss the two priority draft regulations