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Velma Ricketts Walker appointed new customs boss

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Velma Ricketts Walker, new chief executive office/Commissioner of Customs for the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA)

Velma Ricketts Walker has been appointed the new chief executive office and commissioner of Customs for the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service announced yesterday.

She will assume duties on Monday.

Ricketts Walker, who takes over from Major Richard Reese, has more than 17 years' experience in Customs administration, trade facilitation, risk analysis, strategic planning, international trade, security, compliance, and enforcement. In 2011, she served as assistant commissioner, compliance and enforcement, with the JCA.

According to a release from the finance ministry, Ricketts Walker was previously employed to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a revenue administration adviser, where she assisted regional Customs administration with the development and strengthening of their risk-management programmes and organisational strategic reform. She is also an IMF-certified and trained tax administration diagnostic assessment tool assessor.

Pamella Folkes, who had been serving as acting commissioner since February, will resume her duties as deputy financial secretary of the taxation policy division in the ministry on Monday.