The National Revenue Authority (NRA) has been meritoriously awarded with the prestigious Africa Business Report award as AFRICA's BEST PERFORMING REVENUE AUTHORITY in the third series of the Africa Business Summit and Awards which is set to take place in Dubai, March 2021.
According to the selection correspondence, the awards is in recognition of the enormous contribution to the growth and development of Africa's business sector; through unrelenting efforts towards achieving excellent accountability in the sector. Africa Business Report is said to have followed the Commissioner General's (Dr. Samuel S. Jibao) enviable track record and how he inspires transparency and accountability in Africa's public service over a period. The NRA has been outstanding in it's efforts in mobilizing revenue in the last three years with an increase in revenue to GDP ratio by 2.3 percentage points (from 12.3% in 2017 to 14.6% in 2019) enough to attract international accolades.
The institution is set to deliver even more quality taxpayer administration services in 2021 as all is now set to go live with the implementation of the Integrated Tax Administration System (ITAS) in January 2021. Also top on this year's agenda is piloting of the implementation of the Electronic Cash Register (ECR) for sales invoicing, the implementation of the Customs Electronic Single Window (CESW) system starting with a pilot on duty waiver and ETLS clearance, the implementation of Block Management System for SMEs and the implementation of the Domestic Tax Preparers Scheme (DTPS). These and other innovative approaches to revenue mobilization is planned for 2021.
The Board under the leadership of Dr. Tuma Adama Jento Kamara and Management of the NRA had envisioned the institution to become a regional reference for excellent revenue administration in the sub- region. This vision has been realized as the NRA is increasingly sought after for study tours from regional sister institutions, as the authority was featured in the 2020 UNCTAD compendium as a model institution for Customs Reforms.
It could be recalled that the Commissioner-General of the National Revenue Authority Dr. Samuel S. Jibao received the prestigious award of excellence in Public Service by the African Leadership Magazine in the UK in September of 2019. This was also followed by bagging the award by the National Achievement Awards (AWOL) of best Parastatal for 2019 in Sierra Leone. In spite of these significant progress made by the Board and Management, the National Revenue Authority is poised to achieve greater heights in revenue mobilization in 2021.