Commissioner General of The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) has maintained that
the Authority will not compromise on non-tax compliance and thus challenged his
staff to enforce the tax laws to the latter.
Mr. Yankuba Darboe was speaking recently at the start of a five-day seminar designed for authority’s top management on Risk Management Strategy /framework held at a hotel in Kololi.
The seminar was funded by GIZ, Germany and supported by World Customs Organisation. The five-day seminar is a component of the WCO-GIZ project, which is being implemented as part of GRA’s overall reforms and modernisation efforts.
Commissioner Darboe challenged his staff not to leave any stone unturned in the execution of their duties, reminding participants that The Gambia is a tax-based economy and government relied heavily on tax collected by the authority for national development.
He equally advised his staff to collect the necessary tax legally, as the GRA act has empowered them to collect all the taxes that is due for government in a fair and transparent manner.
Darboe disclosed that the seminar also seeks to develop Customs Risk Management Strategy and Register, further indicating that the move is another milestone in GRA’s determination to apply modern intelligence-based risk management principles in all its operations.
The introduction of intelligence- based risk management techniques in customs operations, he believes, is an acknowledgement dynamic in international trade environment.
‘’Thus, developing customs Risk Management Strategy will undoubtedly make it easier for the Authority to take appropriate actions to allocate its limited resources more effectively and efficiently by balancing its intervention and its facilitation of trade as prescribed in World Trade Organisation Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO/TFA) ‘’.
Commissioner Darboe expressed hope that the seminar would provide guidance as to what actions the Authority can take in the application of intelligence-based risk management principles, in order to achieve its strategic objectives.
Also speaking, Doorgaprasad Rajcoomar of World Customs Risk Management Expert Compliance and Facilitation Director described the forum as a demonstration of a high level commitment, where top management of GRA are engaged.
He thanked GRA management for their hospitality.
‘’This five days forum is a follow up to the first mission with GRA in January, in terms of diagnose that we did together in gathering information to make a report on what the situation and where GRA was going regarding some reforms that we agree on, in terms of customs risk management strategy’’.
Alieu Bittay, Project Manager and Director of Risk Enterprise Management and IT at GRA, said the project is focusing on two areas, which is time release, studying and waste management.
He thus advised participants to concentrate on the lectures and make the best use of the materials that will be shared during the five-day forum.