Devise innovative ways to address emerging customs policies, KRA boss says

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KRA boss John Njiraini
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General John Njiraini gives the opening remarks during the 45th East African Revenue Authorities Commissioners General forum at the Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi.

KRA Commissioner General Mr. John Njiraini on Wednesday challenged all revenue authorities within the East African region to devise innovative ways of addressing emerging customs revenue policies.

Speaking during the 45th East African Revenue Authorities Commissioners General (EARACGs) and the Regional Joint Coordination Committee Meeting (RJCC) held in Nairobi, Mr Njiraini urged the East African Revenue Authorities Technical Committee (EARATC) to continue devoting their best efforts for the betterment of revenue mobilization and development of Member States.

This according to Mr. Njiriani will foster competitiveness, create employment; contribute to the sustainability of public finances and eventually supplement economic growth in the region.

Similarly, Mr. Njiraini called for harmonization of customs systems for ease of sharing and exchange of information in the region.

“We should have Information Systems compatibility to give us visibility across the systems platforms to monitor and track goods declaration and clearance processes across our borders,” Mr. Njiraini said.

In addition, the KRA boss called on the establishment of a regional clearing agents framework since clearing agents play a key role in trade facilitation and they need to be recognized for their efforts.

The meeting, hosted by KRA, also brought together Commissioner Generals from the region and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as well as the Japan’s Ministry of Finance.

On their part, JICA reiterated that the Japanese government would continue supporting the development of One Stop Border Posts (OSBP) that have increased efficiency in clearance of goods and passengers moving across East African nations.

“Ever Since Japan pledged support for OSBP development in Africa in 2008, JICA has been deeply involved in OSBP development including funding the detailed design and construction of OSBP at Namanga, together with technical cooperation for its operationalization and capacity building,” Ms. Keiko Sano; the Chief representative JICA Kenya Office said.

“We will continue funding such game changing structures.”

The East African Revenue Authorities Technical Committee (EARATC) assists the Commissioner Generals in identifying challenges, carry out studies and analyse technical issues in tax administration while providing appropriately researched recommendations in line with international best practice and subsequently ensure implementation of the agreed recommendations.

KRA Commissioner General Mr. John Njiraini on Wednesday challenged all revenue authorities within the East African region to devise innovative ways of addressing emerging customs revenue policies.

Speaking during the 45th East African Revenue Authorities Commissioners General (EARACGs) and the Regional Joint Coordination Committee Meeting (RJCC) held in Nairobi, Mr Njiraini urged the East African Revenue Authorities Technical Committee (EARATC) to continue devoting their best efforts for the betterment of revenue mobilization and development of Member States.

This according to Mr. Njiriani will foster competitiveness, create employment; contribute to the sustainability of public finances and eventually supplement economic growth in the region.

Similarly, Mr. Njiraini called for harmonization of customs systems for ease of sharing and exchange of information in the region.

“We should have Information Systems compatibility to give us visibility across the systems platforms to monitor and track goods declaration and clearance processes across our borders,” Mr. Njiraini said.

In addition, the KRA boss called on the establishment of a regional clearing agents framework since clearing agents play a key role in trade facilitation and they need to be recognized for their efforts.

The meeting, hosted by KRA, also brought together Commissioner Generals from the region and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as well as the Japan’s Ministry of Finance.

On their part, JICA reiterated that the Japanese government would continue supporting the development of One Stop Border Posts (OSBP) that have increased efficiency in clearance of goods and passengers moving across East African nations.

“Ever Since Japan pledged support for OSBP development in Africa in 2008, JICA has been deeply involved in OSBP development including funding the detailed design and construction of OSBP at Namanga, together with technical cooperation for its operationalization and capacity building,” Ms. Keiko Sano; the Chief representative JICA Kenya Office said.

“We will continue funding such game changing structures.”

The East African Revenue Authorities Technical Committee (EARATC) assists the Commissioner Generals in identifying challenges, carry out studies and analyse technical issues in tax administration while providing appropriately researched recommendations in line with international best practice and subsequently ensure implementation of the agreed recommendations.

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