director of the microfinance institution; Bayba Financial Services has assured
members of the Network of Financial and Tax Reporters (NFTR) - Gambia chapter
of strong partnership to improve financial reporting in the country.
During a courtesy call by members of the NFTR to his office at Westfield, to brief him about the Network and their engagements ahead of the official launch, Momodou L. Bojang commended members for the creation of the Network. “You engagement to create more awareness in voluntary tax payment is a good initiative and will bring awareness amongst Gambians on the importance of paying tax.”
He assured members of the Network that his office will maintain its firm commitment to support them in the realization of their objectives.
The Network president Abdoulie Nyockeh explained that the Network was formed after a recommendation was made at a regional training that he attended in March, in Kigali, Rwanda. “The training was organised by the African Tax Administration Secretariat in South Africa. Seventy-two communicators and journalists all over the continent attended the training.”
He said the Rwanda media engagement and training was meant to expose participants to crucial insights of tax and financial issues, to be able to better report on tax and its related matters.
He emphasised that at the end of the training, one of the recommendations was for the participants to form network of tax reporters within their countries that will help in creating more awareness about tax issues. “This was what prompted the formation of the NFTR-Gambia chapter. Members comprise of journalists from various media outlets and communicators in The Gambia.”