Mrs. Pamela Ahago has been appointed as the Acting Commissioner for Customs & Border Control effective 25th April 2020. Until her appointment, Mrs. Ahago has been serving as the Deputy Commissioner for Policy & International Affairs from July 2019. She will steer the Customs & Border Control department as Commissioner Kevin Safari is on a three-month leave.
Mrs. Ahago joined KRA in July 1996 as collector 1 in the then Customs & Excise Department and worked in various tasks until July 2002. When she was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner and in July 2015, she was appointed the acting chief manager and promoted to Chief Manager in February 2017 and worked in trade facilitation. In July 2019, she was promoted to the rank of a Deputy Commissioner.
Mrs. Ahago is a trained negotiator with experience in regional and international negotiations. She has represented KRA in regional and international negotiations on trade. Some of the trade agreements she has negotiated include the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
Mrs. Ahago has worked with the World Customs Organization (WCO) as head of the Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Eastern & Southern Africa (RILO ESA). As an expert on Rules of Origin, she has participated in the formulation of both the East African Community (EAC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
I congratulate Mrs. Ahago as she assumes her new role and request all stakeholders and the general public to fully support her.