Raju Boddu, the Comptroller of Customs, was unanimously elected Vice Chair of the Finance Committee of the World Customs Organisation (WCO).
Gambia was elected Chair of the Committee and succeeded Canada.
Boddu represented Antigua & Barbuda at the 138th Session of the WCO Council on June 26, when the election was held.
He reportedly received overwhelming endorsement from his colleagues, as he made a strong case for more capacity-building initiatives for this country and regional members, in particular.
For the past three years, Antigua & Barbuda has been a representative of the Americas and Caribbean region, reportedly at one of the highest levels of the WCO.
A release reports that Boddu has used the opportunity to lobby for more outreach programmes for these small island-states.
Accordingly, staff of the Customs & Excise Division have benefitted from a vast array of training courses. These have improved their quality of service and their overall knowledge of policy, trade and their daily duties, the release says.