Nov 16, 2020, 11:06 AM
The executive secretary of Alliance for Patriotic, Reorientation and Construction (APRC), Dodou Jah, says his party is yet to have a standard bearer for the 2021 presidential elections.
Yankuba Darboe, who is also the commissioner general of the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), said one of his principal responsibilities is to ensure that WATAF achieves its objectives in the next two years.
He said this development was due to the positive track record that GRA has been registering in terms of revenue mobilisation and the effective tax system put in place in The Gambia.
Speaking to The Point, Mr. Darboe said the main responsibility of WATAF chairperson is to ensure attainment of the WATAF objectives; such as encouraging strong collaboration and sharing of information amongst all ECOWAS Member States towards improving the quality of tax administration. He added that he would also ensure that all West African Member States speak with one voice on tax policy and administration matters at African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) and other international tax organisations.
Among the responsibilities of WATAF chairperson, he is to work towards ensuring that the needs and experiences of the West African Members States are reflected in decision making by tax administration bodies at international and multilateral levels.
According to the GRA boss, a part of his responsibility is to ensure that member states work with ECOWAS to have a structure dedicated to taxation under the auspices of the ECOWAS Secretariat.
“I will ensure that all objectives of WATAF as I have earlier stated will be achieved and much more reform initiatives successfully implemented to make the sub-region a centre of excellence in tax administration,” Mr. Darboe said.
He also talked about the formation of WATAF, its vision and mission messages, saying WATAF was formed in 2011. He added that it’s a forum that brings together the revenue administrations of West African states for the promotion of efficient and effective revenue administration in the member states.
According to him, it provides the platform to encourage strong collaboration amongst all ECOWS Member States towards the improvement of the quality of revenue administration in the respective states.
Dilating on his recent election as chairperson of WATAF, he said it would give The Gambia the opportunity to be more exposed to international good practices in tax administration “because WATAF will be represented by the chairperson and the executive secretary in all tax fora worldwide.”
“It will also give chance for networking with other tax administrations, development and donor partners.”
Last Friday, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) held a bantaba purposed on the impact of the reopening of schools for the grade nines and plans that are put in place for the reopening of schools for grade twelve students.
Ansumana Manneh, the director general of Gambia Prisons Services yesterday testified before the TRRC and accused former prison director, David Colley, of tribalism and nepotism.
State House, Banjul, 14th May 2020: As required by the Constitutional Review Commission Act 2018, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow having received the Draft Constitution on 30th March 2020, the Ministry of Justice will publish the national document in the Gazette before the end of May 2020, before it is subsequently presented to the National Assembly in August 2020.