RMIT Recognises Authors from FRCS

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University has commended the outstanding achievements of three women leaders in Customs from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) who have co-authored three distinguished articles which has been published in the most recent edition of the World Customs Journal.

The 16th edition of the World Customs Journal was published last week, where Principal Customs Officer Akosita Valamalua, Senior Customs Officer Losalini Lesu and Customs Officer Litiana Sautulevu featured prominently in the list of authors.

FRCS nominated Ms. Valamalua, Ms. Sautulevu and Ms. Lesu to participate in the Container Control Programme- Women’s professional Development Programme (CCP-WPDP) jointly delivered by the Australian Border Force (ABF), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)-World Customs Organisation (WCO) and the RMIT University in August 2021. Upon graduation, all three members accepted the invitation from the World Customs Journal to conduct research into critical customs theme.

Commending the three leaders on their remarkable achievement, the Director of RMIT University Transnational Security Centre Mr. Philip Dowler stated that the voices of FRCS Officers will now travel around the world and influence positive change in the international Customs community.

“RMIT welcomes ongoing partnership with FRCS. We applaud your efforts to build a positive culture that recognises and advances women in Customs leadership,” Mr. Dowler stated.

 FRCS CEO Mr. Mark Dixon also commended the three women customs leaders for this astonishing achievement.

“This is a fantastic achievement for our Customs female leaders – lifelong learning is important and this sort of academic achievement is something to be proud of – well done and thank you from all at FRCS,” Mr. Dixon stated.

Mr. Dixon also thanked ABF, UNODC, WCO and RMIT for providing an opportunity for women officers in Asia-Pacific and beyond to advance their career pathways in their national customs administration and also build leadership to more effectively combat the global movement of illicit goods.

This is the first time Customs Officers from FRCS have contributed to a scholarly journal.

Ms. Valamalua co-authored the article on Bolstering resilience in Customs: the wellbeing of our people, Ms. Sautulevu contributed towards the article A new mindset on customs cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and Ms. Lesu on Women in customs leadership: why does it matter?

In addition to a series of academic contributions that address a broad range of topical subjects on customs, the 16th edition of World Customs Journal also includes several articles that showcase the inaugural Women’s Professional Development Program which provides thought-provoking insights into the principles, benefits and outputs of Program that is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of women customs officers and build their international networks in the male-dominated field of containerised cargo control.



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