In April 2010, the Government of Ghana signed a public-private partnership (PPP) contract to reengineer business registration processes, deploy state-of-the-art application software and hardware, and employ best-in-class solutions for the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Registrar General’s Office. This was part of a broader program to achieve greater efficiency, transparency, and effectiveness in the delivery of selected government services using information and communications technology (ICT).
The PPP was structured on a design, finance, build, operate, and transfer model. The government supported the project through resources from a World Bank-financed “eGhana Project,” contributing about one-third of the $60 million project costs; the private sector contributed the remainder. The agreement was for the private sector to build and manage the e-tax and electronic business registration platform until their investment costs were recovered—within five and not exceeding seven years from the effective date of the contract. At the end of the operations period, the system would be turned over to designated government organizations for continuing operation.
Ghana’s e-government public-private partnership and the value of long-term strategies | ppps.
The World Bank has approved loan funding of a $5million Integrated Financial Management and Information System (IFMIS) to increase the Government of The Gambia’s capacity in public resource management. There are five components to the project:
- IFMIS rollout, interfaces and system training.
- Laying the groundwork for the introduction of new IFMIS applications.
- Communications and change management, creating greater awareness amongst government officials and the public at large about the IFMIS.
- Accounting and information technology (IT) capacity building for sustainability.
- Project implementation support.
A similar project is being prepared for Liberia. Funded by a $3,7m grant this project was approved a year ago, but has yet to publish any details.
Kampala City Council has introduced a new computerised tax system that will monitor and identify new tax opportunities in the city. The global tax information system will require all the five city Divisions to register their businesses at the district so as to determine the number of taxable businesses, identify new revenue opportunities and identify tax defaulters. The innovation, according to the KCC Principal Finance Officer, Mr Patrick Kazoora, will fetch at least Shs71 billion ($35m) from the local revenue base, indicating an increment of Shs40 billion ($20m). In the 2008/9 financial year, KCC failed to hit the anticipated revenue projection registering a deficit of about Shs9 billion ($4.5m) due to alleged political interference.
Kampala Town Clerk, Ruth Kijjambu said KCC was lacking a reliable data base to closely monitor divisions’ revenue performance. “We expect to implement this system in the next financial year after acquiring new computer soft-ware. We shall also conduct a tax education workshop for the business community,” Ms Kijjambu said.
via Robert Mwanje at allAfrica.com, 17 Feb 2010
Eleven months after the Federal government introduced an electronic payment system in all its Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Nigerians are yet to feel its advantage over the manual payment system it sought to replace. People are blaming it for delays in the payment of salaries and other forms of expenditure by the Federal Government such as execution of contracts.
The government says it is aware of the limitations of the system and has promised to seek a lasting solution to it. While acknowledging the limitations and problems associated with the e-payment, it still maintains that the system is better than the manual payment system.
A group of 25 African tax administration authorities have united under the Africa Tax Administrators Forum (ATAF), to boost economic development and good governance in Africa. ATAF plans to develop a joint database of African Tax systems, carry out capacity development events on international and domestic policy and administration issues through a new body, the African Tax Centre.
At the launch of the body, President Museveni urged tax collectors to wean African economies from reliance on foreign aid, by increasing their efficiency and collaboration. Uganda’s Finance Minister Syda Bbumba advised the tax administrators to share experiences and best practices to shore up, widen their taxes bases and boost domestic revenue mobilisation on the continent.
via Walter Wafula at bizcommunity.com