Rwanda, Liberia Join Efforts to Improve Tax Administration

By Eddie Nsabimana

Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba

Rwanda and Liberia on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate cooperation in improving tax administration. The MoU was signed between Rwanda Revenue Authority and Liberia Revenue Authority.

During the signing ceremony, Richard Tusabe, the Commissioner General of RRA, said the MoU will guide both sides in various areas of cooperation notably exchange of information, tax law reforms, capacity building and monitoring dynamics in international taxation.

“Rwanda and Liberia will be able to establish mechanisms through which we can share information on business that operates or come to both countries for the purpose of transit or destination for successful but legitimate business on investments done not only in the region but on the entire continent,” said Tusabe.

A delegation from Liberia is in Rwanda to learn from their counterparts at RRA on how they can build a stronger tax administration to address some gaps facing their tax body.

Tusabe said it will also be vital for them in the fight against tax fraud in international business operation.

“Partnering with Liberia will enable us share experiences because we have similar challenges that we can sit, discuss and join hands to find sustainable solutions to increase tax revenues in the future,” he said.

Rwanda’s tax to GDP performance has grown from 11.1 per cent in 1999 to 15.7 per cent in 2015/16.

Tusabe said such tax performance is mainly influenced by prevailing economic indicators mainly real GDP performance.

He said, “This explains why we are an ever reforming institution that prioritizes the automation processes that have revolutionised our quality of service delivery and reduced tax outages.”

Liberia Revenue Authority was started in 2014.

The visiting delegation is looking forward to learning from Rwanda’s success story on its efficiency in tax revenue whose performance is on upward movement thanks to pro-business reforms and taking modern approaches to tax administration through improved service delivery.

Source: The New Times (Kigali)

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.