ASYCUDA World Training in Sirsiya Dry Port
The Nepal Department of Customs (DOC) is in the process of graduating its core Customs automation system from ASYCUDA++ to the web-based ASYCUDA World, with assistance from the Asian Development Bank. A prototype of ASYCUDA World was developed, with pilot implementation carried out in Mechi Customs Office beginning 26 January 2016.
Following the successful pilot implementation, the Sirsiya Dry Port Customs Office in Birgunj, Nepal was selected as the second pilot site of ASYCUDA World in Nepal. On 16 July 2016, the Sirsiya Dry Port Customs Office began implementing the ASYCUDA World system.
In line with the updating of its core Customs automation system, the Nepal DOC, with ADB support, conducted an ASYCUDA World Training at the Sirsiya Dry Port Customs Office on 26 June–22 July 2016.
The training program successfully
- Developed capacity of brokers, Customs officials, and bank personnel involved in revenue collection, using the system and the terminal operator; and
- Fine-tuned and tested the ASYCUDA World system, in preparation for system roll out in Sirsiya Dry Port Customs.
Nepal DOC technical and functional officers provided on-site training. Training sessions included:
- Training to brokers, environmental scanning and gap analysis (26–30 June 2016)
- Training of Customs officials (1–10 July 2016)
- Training of bank and terminal operators (11–12 July 2016)
- Tuning and adjustment of software (13–15 July)
- Hands-on training to Customs officers and brokers (16–22 July 2016)
The ASYCUDA World software was formally launched upon completion of classroom trainings, and fine tuning and adjustment of software. The Deputy Director General, Project Director, and Project Coordinator of the Project Management Unit, and other resource persons assisted in the training.
The ADB-administered Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction technical assistance “Supporting participation in the SASEC Trade Facilitation Program” (TA 8442) funded the event as part of its Customs reform and modernization initiatives. Customs reform and modernization is one of the four pillars underpinning the SASEC Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework adopted by the SASEC countries in March 2014.