Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) and The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on
Monday 4 December 2017, commenced five days Regional Integrity Seminar at the
Kairaba Beach Hotel.
The training is attended by various countries in West Africa and supported by AFRITAC West 2.
In his official opening remarks, the commissioner general of GRA, Yankuba Darboe, said: “I am sure you will all agree with me that the fight against corruption requires concerted effort and commitment from all stakeholders along the chain.” “But most importantly, it requires strong leadership, institutional capacity, policies and tools to make it work.”
He said that honesty, integrity and professionalism among others are the core values every staff of GRA is expected to uphold.
He informed that GRA also invested heavily in ICT by automating all its processes for both international trade and domestic taxes collections using commercial banks.
According to him, the GRA continues to makes every effort towards creating the necessary environment for staff performance, adding that since the creation of Gambia revenue authority, there has been an Appointment, Promotion, and Disciplinary Committee (APDC) with the responsibility to handle all issues relating to their work.
He said all these efforts are geared towards minimising use of personal discretions by officers, their holding of huge cash, and maintaining their integrity and professionalism at work.
Commissioner Darboe further said the adherence to WCO, WTO, ECOWAS and other international norms and protocols in respect of improving levels of integrity are central to defeating corruption.
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 would also seek to find ways of overcoming challenges.
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 toward addressing issues in the regions. Capacity building, he added, is very important, while challenging participants to take this training seriously.