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  • The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) today (January 26) official opened its Alison Moore Multipurpose Room, named in honour of the first female Commissioner of the Agency.
  • The opening ceremony was in celebration of International Customs Day, and part of Customs Week observances from January 24 to January 29.
  • Director General in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Dianne McIntosh, who brought greetings on behalf of Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, also hailed Ms. Moore as a stalwart of the public sector, who laid a solid foundation for the JCA.

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) today (January 26) officially opened its Alison Moore Multipurpose Room, named in honour of the first female Commissioner of the Agency.

The room, located at Customs House, Newport East in Kingston, is used to host meetings and business functions, and also serves as recreational space for staff.

The opening ceremony was in celebration of International Customs Day, and part of Customs Week observances from January 24 to January 29.

Ms. Moore, the former Commissioner of 12 years, expressed gratitude for the honour. She congratulated the JCA for constructing the room, which she described as “magnificent.”

“I am really honoured and extremely grateful to be recognised in this way. This is really a significant recognition,” she said.

She also commended the customs officers, who have worked hard to make the agency into a world-class department.

Commissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reese, said the dedication of the room is out of recognition of the sterling service Ms. Moore offered in her time at the organisation, as well as in her 41 years as a public servant, which he said is testament to her commitment and achievement.

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Commissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reese, and Former Commissioner, Alison Moore, share a toast at the official opening of the Alison Moore Multipurpose Room at Customs House, Newport East in Kingston today (January 26). The room is named in honor of the first female Commissioner of the agency, and will be used to host meetings, presentations and recreational activity for staff.

Director General in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Dianne McIntosh, who brought greetings on behalf of Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, also hailed Ms. Moore as a stalwart of the public sector, who laid a solid foundation for the JCA.

“We are here to celebrate your achievements and to say thank you for giving of your time, energy and indeed professional life to the public service and the people of Jamaica as a whole,” she said.

Miss McIntosh also acknowledged the progress of the agency in the past three years, including significant strides in attaining the benchmarks established by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The organisation has also improved its operational efficiency, with the successful implementation of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA World), which has met all established targets and is on track to achieving full implementation come March 2016.