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Integrity Management in International Trade


Challenges such as tax evasion, smuggling, Transit fraud, bribery and low tax compliance thrive in an environment where a lack of integrity is rampant. Integrity management is a  comprehensive approach to promoting ethical conduct and preventing corruption among border officials, ultimately strengthening border security and facilitating trade. This course acknowledges the critical role played by border officials in supporting the fiscus of their countries, facilitating trade and travel and protecting civil society. The major impediment to this critical mandate would be a lack of integrity in staff, systems and procedures that create loopholes for revenue leakages and poor service delivery at the border. The course critically analyses drivers for these vices and ways to create an integrity promotion framework (IPF) that governments can implement at the border to curb them and to build a Culture of Compliance and Integrity in international trade

Who should attend

  • The programme is targeted at government officials and civic organizations that are responsible for international trade, border and ports officials, customs and immigration officials, customs clearing agents and brokers, national anti-corruption bodies,  and border stakeholders who need to upskill themselves in the need for a strong integrity promotion framework to prepare for the new realities of efficient international trade and travel facilitation.

Objectives of the course

  • Promote the integrity of public and private sector players in the borders and ports and all relevant stakeholders through preventing, detecting and responding to lack of integrity.
  • Facilitate the development of Integrity risk identification, assessment and mitigation strategies in international trade;
  • Identify cumbersome and weak regulations and procedures to increase effectiveness and reduce opportunities for rent-seeking,
  • Assess policy effectiveness, continuous performance reviews, and promote good use of automated systems to enhance effectiveness and internal controls;
  • Strengthen control and punitive responses against lack of integrity,
  • Encourage predictability and accountability in border procedures, including through large public awareness campaigns of main rules, procedures and tariffs; appropriate guidance of discretionary powers; and guaranteeing the security and confidentiality of commercial and personal information of taxpayers users;
  • Promoting effective internal and external whistleblower communication channels and boosting a culture of transparent organisational cultures where everyone trusts they can raise ethical concerns or potential wrongdoing without being unduly exposed to reprisals;
  • Foster strategies for proactively addressing emerging issues that may compromise integrity in international trade.
  • Develop an integrity promotion framework with integrity promotion strategies.
  • This course empowers participants to become champions of ethical practices, build stronger trade relationships, and contribute to a more transparent and prosperous global trading environment.

Course topics

  1. Detailed analysis of common vices, their prevalence, and their drivers,  and how they impede the attainment of taxes and customs administration mandates and the role of integrity
    1. Smuggling
    2. Bribery and collusion
    3. Illicit trade and trade-based money laundering,
    4. Transit fraud
  2. The Role of border and ports officials, stakeholders and support services providers and their engagement- inter-agency cooperation
  3. Integrity promotion strategies at the border-
    1. Preventative strategies,
    2. Reporting and detection strategies
    3. Intelligence, surveillance and Investigation strategies
    4. Control and punitive strategies.
    5. Proactive strategies for addressing emerging issues in integrity management
  4. Regulatory provisions, governance structures and policies for integrity promotion.
  5. Regional benchmarking of strategies for integrity promotion in international trade.
  6. International Provisions, standards and Recommendations for integrity promotion,
  7. Consolidating and coming up with an integrity promotion framework


In determining our fees, attention is paid to the time investment for the bespoke planning, design, development and delivery of  our solutions.

  • Program Duration: The program will span over a period of one (1) week
  • Programme Dates and Venues:
    • Mombasa, Kenya: 22nd to 26th April 2024,
    • Zanzibar, Tanzania: 9th to 13th December 2024
  • Fees: $1,250


All enquiries and correspondences should be forwarded to:-

ESAMI- Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (Trapca)
Trapca House – Esami Road,
P.O. Box 3030 – Arusha, Tanzania

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