November, 2015 Edition

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In this newsletter

  • Customs Officers from Rwanda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe complete their MBA in Customs


  • CCES delivers “Indirect Taxation” Unit at Shanghai Customs College 


  • ASEAN Excise Reform 

  • CCES Participates in the “Sino Australia Customs Culture Exchange” Event in Shanghai

Alumni Profile

Student Name:
Wilson Kimani Kang’ethe (Kenya)

Course Name:
Master of International Customs Law and Administration

When did you graduate?

What is your current job position

I am a Customs Trainer at the Kenya School of Revenue Administration (KESRA), the training arm of the Kenya Revenue Authority, and a Director at Trade Hub East Africa Ltd, a trade facilitation consulting company based in Nairobi.

Further, I am the founder of the Centre for Customs and Trade Facilitation, a Nairobi-based not-for-profit research organisation that specialises in trade facilitation programs and projects. I am also the University of Canberra Alumni Representative for East Africa Region.

Undertaking my master’s studies at CCES remains one of the best decisions in my career. As an aspiring customs and international trade expert, I had always wanted to be a notch higher than my peers! This meant I needed a higher qualification. When I discovered the Master of International Customs Law and Administration (MICLA) degree, I knew that I wanted to study it, and that decision would later impact positively on my career.

The delivery of the MICLA program was highly interactive, very rigorous and detailed. As a result I was always learning new concepts acquiring both practical and theoretical skills in the field of customs administration.

The interactions with professors and fellow students from very diverse backgrounds provided an invaluable opportunity for me to meet and create life-time relationships that would traverse continents, from Africa to Europe and Australia. Therefore, not only did I acquire knowledge, but also personal friendships which ended up opening new opportunities for me.

The technical skills I acquired from my studies came in handy and one year after graduation, I was appointed as a lecturer of Customs Law and Administration by the Kenya School of Revenue Administration. This was in recognition of my newly acquired qualifications. Further, the course opened for me a business opportunity in customs and international trade consulting leading to the opening of a consulting company, Trade Hub East Africa Ltd. Trade Hub East Africa (THEA) offers trade support services with extensive expertise in customs compliance and capacity building, trade facilitation principles such as integrated border management, one stop border posts, WTO provisions and Kyoto Convention, Time Release Studies among others.

And to give back to society, I have formed a not-for-profit technical customs organisation; Centre for Customs and Trade Facilitation, whose mandate is to carry out research on customs and trade facilitation programs as well as advocate for the removal of trade barriers across supply chains. 

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Recent Publications

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

On October 5, 2015, Ministers of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, United States, and Vietnam – announced conclusion of their negotiations.
The text of the TPP, which was made available to the public on 5 November 2015, is still to undergo a process of legal review, translation and verification. 
The TPP includes 30 chapters covering trade and trade-related issues, beginning with trade in goods and continuing through customs and trade facilitation; sanitary and phytosanitary measures; technical barriers to trade; trade remedies; investment; services; electronic commerce; government procurement; intellectual property; labour; environment; ‘horizontal’ chapters meant to ensure that TPP fulfils its potential for development, competitiveness, and inclusiveness; dispute settlement, exceptions, and institutional provisions.
The Agreement is yet to be ratified.

Latest News

New courses commence in 2016, Apply Now

Graduate Certificate in International Revenue Administration

This course enhances prospects for employment and advancement for those with, or seeking, careers in revenue administration, related public sector professions and businesses involved in cross-border trade. Graduates will develop skills and knowledge that will be highly attractive to employers in these fields.

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Graduate Diploma in Customs Administration

The Graduate Diploma in Customs Administration provides professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in the field of customs and border management and has been designed for people engaged in both government employment and in the trading community. It has an international focus making it suitable for professionals from all around the world.

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Customs Officers from Rwanda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe complete their MBA in Customs

In November 2015, Customs officers from the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), Mozambique Revenue Authority (MRA) and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) along with an industry representative from Cameroon completed the MBA in Customs, offered by the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI) in collaboration with CCES. 

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CCES delivers “Indirect Taxation” Unit at Shanghai Customs College

Senior Lecturer Rob Preece delivered CCES’s Indirect Taxation at the Shanghai Customs College (SCC) as part of its Master of Taxation program.  The Unit followed successful delivery of CCES’s Direct Taxation and Environment Taxation in the last 12 months.

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CCES courses to be delivered on-campus from July 2016!

From July 2016, we are planning to offer the Bachelor of Border Management & the Master of Customs Administration on campus here in Canberra, Australia.
Register your interest if you would like to study with us here in Canberra.

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ASEAN Excise Reform

Prof David Widdowson and A/Prof Rob Preece from CCES are currently involved in research into opportunities for the ASEAN Economic Community to become a leading automobile production centre. Specifically, they are exploring ways in which reforms of automobile excise taxes in ASEAN may lead to regional production growth and pro-environment outcomes. 

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CCES Participates in the “Sino Australia Customs Culture Exchange” Event in Shanghai

Rob Preece CCES, and Dr Mikhail Kashubsky, CCES and Secretary of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) participated in events organised under the Sino Australia Customs Culture Exchange program held at the Jingan Library in Shanghai.  Rob and Mikhail presented a number of books to the Library which holds many customs and trade journals, articles and statistics, then participated in a series of lectures.

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Study CCES Courses On-Campus in South-East Asia

In 2016, the Centre for Customs & Excise Studies, Charles Sturt University will deliver two courses in collaboration with General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU). For the first time, the Bachelor of Border Management and the Master of Customs Administration will be available for on-campus studies in South Asia.

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