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Gov't to spend $2.5 billion on contraband detection machinery for customs

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 9:48 AM

The Government is to procure contraband detection machinery and equipment this fiscal year as it moves to strengthen the island’s customs control and security.

It is to spend approximately $2.5 billion to buy the equipment.

The money has been allocated under the Fiscal Administration Modernisation Programme, contained in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives.

The overall objective of the programme is to support the Government in achieving a sustainable fiscal position.

That's to be done by strengthening the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service’s institutional capacity to effectively improve Customs, Inland Tax Collections, manage debt and government payment operations.