Bah, the head of corporate and public affairs unit at the Gambia Revenue
authority has said that GRA collected 700 Million dalasis monthly as tax.
Mr Bah made these revelations on Saturday at the launching ceremony of the Gambia network of financial and tax reporting (NFTR) Gambia chapter.
The launching was held at the National Nutrition Agency in Kanifing with the theme role of the media in taxation is fundamental.
Mr. Bah said the Gambia Revenue Authority GRA was established by an act of Parliament in 2004 for the purpose of collecting Revenue for the government. Saying when he joined the GRA in 2007 they collected 3million at the end of every year, and currently GRA collected over 700,000 million monthly which is a great achievement.
He said GRA is established but they can only play a little, without the collaboration with other critical institutions like the media who are the link between the institution, the society and the government itself saying GRA has a responsibility to share information with the public regarding the country’s economic and without the media there is nothing they can do.
Bah said it’s the duty of the citizens to pay Tax but it is Also the responsibilities of the government to be held accountable for the taxes because the people have a right to know where their money is going to as they collected tax from individuals and institutions.
Abdoulie Nyockeh, the president of network of financial and taxation reporting said the implementation of this network is the media to play an effective and efficient role to educated and sensitizes the messes on the tax laws, saying that there is need of collaboration with GRA as the media play a critical role in creating more awareness and advocated for taxpayers.
The aim and the objective of this network is to enhance critical understanding among journalists on the issue of reporting adequate business and financial tax news and the linkage of broader structural transformation of the Gambia.
Alhagie Jeng, the finance manager Gambia bankers association said it’s necessary to be meeting over lunch periodically to share ideas on the state of the economy, saying the foreign exchange market, the tourism industry and other areas of common interest.