commissioner general of The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), Yankuba Darboe, has
said that the fight against corruption requires concerted efforts and
commitment from all stakeholders.
But most importantly, he said, it requires strong leadership, institutional capacity, policies and tools to make it work.
The commissioner general said at the level of The Gambia Revenue Authority, honesty, integrity, professionalism, fairness and impartiality among a host of others are important cornerstones of their core values, which every staff is expected to unholy.
He also said that his institution also invested heavily in ICT by automating all its processes for both international trade and domestic taxes collections using commercial banks.
He made this statement while delivering his opening remarks during the opening of a five days IMF Regional Seminar on Integrity supported by AFRITAC WEST2.
Mr. Darboe further that his institution continues to make every effort towards creating the necessary environment for staff performance, adding that since the establishment of GRA, there has been an Appointment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee (APDC), with the responsibility to handle all issues relating thereto.
He said all these efforts are geared towards minimising use of personal discretion by officers, their holding of huge cash, and maintaining their integrity and professionalism at work.
According to the commissioner general, this forum would provide every revenue administration the opportunity to review their approaches to integrity management across AFRITAC W2 Region and for each country to develop some practical plans and solutions.
Commissioner Darboe further stated that adherence to WCO, WTO, ECOWAS and other international norms and protocols in respect of improving levels of integrity are central to defeating corruption.
Also speaking at the occasion, Philip Wood, regional customs advisor, IMF, said the seminar would provide a forum for discussion to explore the challenges to integrity in customs administration and will seeks to find ways of overcoming challenges, adding that the seminar would also look and identifying concerns relating to integrity and vulnerabilities.
He said the key elements and international good practice in developing effective integrity strategies and member country experience include a review of the status and effective implementation of code of conduct and integrity strategies and methods of reducing or removing opportunities for corruption.
For his part, the director of Customs Salifou Tiemtore, commended the IMF and GRA for taking up this bold initiatives, saying that it is geared to towards addressing issues in our regions.
He challenged participants to take the training seriously as he outlined ECOWAS’s commitment in supporting such initiatives.