By Confidente Reporter
The protection of the Namibia’s resources, such as its wildlife, depends on the ability of customs officials to protect the nation’s borders, and uphold the rule of law.
This is according to US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, John Kowalski, who was speaking this week at the opening of a US International Narcotics and Law Enforcement-sponsored training session in customs officer operations.
Kowalski said terrorists and transnational criminal organisations do not respect the borders of countries, and it is up to government officials to protect their country’s borders.
“This takes constant vigilance and flexibility as we seek to disrupt criminal networks that constantly adapt to our countermeasures,” Kowalski said.
“The criminals only have to get it right once, while we must get it right every time. It must be our mission to protect our national treasures from being exploited by others.
“Our children’s economic future, the prosperity of our countries, and the future of our country’s resources, such as Namibia’s wildlife depend on our ability to uphold our rule of law.
“Not only must we stop resources from leaving, we must also stop contraband, such as weapons and narcotics coming through our borders and disrupting our respective ways of life,” the diplomat said.
“This extends also to the flora and fauna of our lands and the fragile ecosystems that exist in our countries, because even invasive species can plague our countries and wreak havoc when left unchecked. All of our countries have systems in place to facilitate the legal movement of goods. Finding better operational ways to stop the movement of illegal goods is why we are here today.”
Kowalski said that the process of analysing a problem, developing a deliberate plan, and synchronising the action of people and resources, are key concepts that highlight specific operational and planning priorities necessary for success.
“Planning must be driven by intelligence and information that we can validate, as we use it as the foundation of our planning assumptions.
“Planning is not only a framework for problem-solving, but can also be a ‘thinking process, useful in all facets of life.
“Set your goal or mission, understand your environment and resources available, determine the deliberate phases of how you’ll tackle the problem, delegate tasks to others, to distribute the workload, and focus on communication and leadership.
“This process has been proven over decades by governments and businesses throughout the world. I encourage you to focus on the process rather than the tasks,” Kowalski told the attendees.
“Lastly, I would like to salute all of you for the work that you do every day in protecting your nation’s borders. Each of you has made a very important and honourable decision to serve your country in a manner that safeguards your country and your fellow citizens.
“Your efforts make proud those of us who know how difficult your work is. You protect citizens from narcotics, weapons, and other contraband that is harmful to the public.
“Yours is a tough job and your challenges are many, and that is what makes customs control one of the most rewarding jobs I can think of. You are truly the guardians of your borders and your countries. Please continue to do your best to keep your countries safe,” Kowalski added.
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