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Denmark and Ghana Revenue Authority open sniffer dog training academy

A long-term collaboration between Denmark and Ghana Revenue Authority’s (GRA) customs division aimed at strengthening the customs division’s ability to raise revenues and locate illegal substances such as explosives, drugs, currencies and contraband goods culminated on 16 December 2019 with the inauguration of a complete sniffer dog training academy in Dawhenya, Greater Accra.

The construction of the academy followed Denmark’s decision to support the customs division with nine trained sniffer dogs in 2017 and is a result of a confinancing agreement between Denmark and the GRA. At the ceremony on 16 December 2019, the Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Denmark, Mrs. Birgit la Cour Madsen, officially handed over the facility to the GRA, complete with classrooms for training dog handlers, a dog clinic, kennels, breeding areas, a search wall for training of dogs, a kitchen and pantry, duty posts and changing rooms for staff.

Mrs. la Cour Madsen said that Denmark is committed to support the government of Ghana realize its ambition of a Ghana Beyond Aid and that boosting GRA’s capacity for internal revenue generation and border protection was critical to achieving that overarching goal.

The support to increase the preventive capacity of the GRA’s custom’s division is part of the Danish funded Tax and Development programme, which ends in December this year. For the past five years the programme has provided capacity-building and training to GRA staff, transferred skills through embedded Danida Advisers and other experts and in general assisted with the implementation of reforms contained in the GRA’s Second Strategic Plan. In addition, Denmark has provided training infrastructure, including a classroom block facility at the GRA Training School at Kpetoe in the Volta Region and rehabilitated six border posts in the Brong-Ahafo region.

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