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New Head of Jamaica Customs Agency takes office on April 10

New Head of Jamaica Customs Agency takes office on April 10

Kingston, Jamaica (McN) -The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service announced the appointment the new Chief Executive Office/Commissioner of Customs for the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA).

The Ministry acknowledged the “sterling contribution” of former Commissioner of Customs, Major (R’td.) Richard Reese; as it welcomes Mrs. Velma Ricketts Walker, who was previously employed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a Revenue Administration Adviser.




Mrs. Ricketts Walker will begin duties as the new CEO/Commissioner of Jamaica Customs on Monday, April 10, 2017.

According to the Ministry, Mrs. Ricketts Walker, who is a licensed Customs Broker and an IMF Certified and Trained Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) Assessor, also boasts 17 years of experience in Customs Administration, Trade Facilitation, Risk Analysis, Strategic Planning, International Trade, Security, Compliance and Enforcement.


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In 2011 she served as Assistant Commissioner, Compliance and Enforcement, with the JCA.

Her duties at the IMF included assisting regional customs administration with the development and strengthening of their risk management programs and organizational strategic reform.

As the new CEO/Commissioner of Customs for the Jamaica Customs Agency takes office, the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, expressed gratitude to Mrs. Pamella Folkes who served as Acting Commissioner from February 6, 2017, for her contribution.

Mrs. Folkes will  resume her duties as Deputy Financial Secretary, Taxation Policy Division, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, as at Monday, April 10, 2017.

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