REVENUE-Authority to uphold reforms, discipline

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The new Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) has promised to improve revenue collection system and uphold management discipline in collaboration with key players in the sector.

At the same time the African Development Bank has called on the government to hold financial institutions and individuals accountable for all any role they might have played in the mismanagement of the financial sector.

Speaking during the signing ceremony between Commissioner General of NRA and Ministry of Finance and Planning, Dr. Patrick Kennedy Mugoya, the new Commissioner General for National Revenue Authority (NRA) said managing public finance in South Sudan was very important for the country’s ability to recover the country to develop.

“As new head of the National Revenue Authority is an important step to improving system in the country. Let us make sure we keep transparency as top of the game in Revenue Authority,”

He added that the revenue collected should be clearly announced so that everybody is aware including the government, the public and the parliament.

Meanwhile, the Africa Development Bank Country Manager Bendict Kanu said the partners need systematic reporting.

 “What the partners want to see was systematic reporting because if you collected five South Sudanese Pounds today let people of South Sudan know that you have collected five South Sudanese Pounds, but if you could not collect five pounds and you collected Ten pound, let people of South Sudan know you collected ten South Sudanese pound,” Kanu said.

He added that you need people to do the work to make sure that information technology (IT) capacity for which we paid a lot of money be functioning well because the link between the State and the Centre needs to be done well, but how the modernity by which revenue generated is not recorded but is communicated.

Garang Majak, the 1st Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance and Planning appreciated the new recruitment of National Revenue Authority commissioner general.

“We know very well that we are facing a lot of economic challenges but with the new team, they will make sure that sufficient and effective mechanism are designed to collect sufficient revenue to make sure that we prioritize our financial obligation, our financial services to the government and to the people of South Sudan,” Majak said.

Garang calls on development partners to support revenue mobilization collection to support the training of the staff to make sure that services are delivered to the people.

Africano Mande, Deputy Commissioner General of NRA said the signing ceremony was to improve revenue collection in the country.


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