GRA HOLDS 2021 MANAGEMENT RETREAT AT KOFORIDUA, E/R
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GRA HOLDS 2021 MANAGEMENT RETREAT AT KOFORIDUA, E/R

By Jerry Akornor 

Omanhene  (Paramount Chief) of New Juaben Traditional Area and Chancellor of All Nations University Daasebre Prof.  Emeritus Oti Boateng has urged Ghana Revenue Authority to apply renowned philosopher and Economist Adam Smith's philosophical ideas of strict compliance to relevant tax laws and customs to execute its core mandate   aimed at fulfilling GRA's.  set goals and targets. 

Speaking at GRA's 2021 Management retreat at Koforidua, Premier Hotel in the Eastern Region of Ghana, the Former Government's Statistician Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng said "GRA’s An examination of the GRA’s third strategic plan, 2019-2021, reveals the desire to fulfil its core-mandate of ensuring sustainable revenue mobilisation for national development through maximum compliance with all relevant tax and customs related laws. This is akin to the observation made nearly two-and-a-half centuries ago, by Adam Smith, the great philosopher and economist, who singled out taxation alongside peace and justice as pivotal to a successful society in the following words: “Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence...but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice.” 

This implies that the wealth of a nation hinges intrinsically on the three pillars of taxation, peace and justice. According to him, the five strategic goals underlying the strategic plan are to grow revenue, 

Improve Customs and Domestic Tax Compliance 

Leverage Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Enhance Administrative Efficiency, and 

Develop Professional and Motivated Staff.

The theme for this retreat, Digitisation and Compliance for Effective Tax Mobilisation, essentially falls under components 2 and 3. This theme is relevant and timely, coming at a time when the country is moving from its manual processes to a digital system. This theme is in line with the Digital Ghana Agenda which seeks to cover as much of the digitally deprived communities in the country. The biometric National Identity Card; the National Digital Property Addressing System; the introduction of paperless port operations all represent significant milestones in the country’s journey to digitisation. And your digitisation and compliance for effective tax mobilisation theme revolves around the core mandate of sustainable revenue mobilisation for national development. 

The core mandate of growing revenue then becomes the objective function to be optimised subject to the following four constraints: improved customs and domestic tax compliance, 

leveraged information and communication technology (ICT),

enhanced administrative efficiency and 

developed professional and motivated staff.

Presented in this particular framework, one is better enabled to understand and appreciate the whole system and the interdependency of its several parts.

Furthermore, robust statistical methodologies can be developed to analyse the covariance matrices emanating thereof to derive various indicators and estimates.


Measures for Deeper Informal Sector Penetration and Voluntary Tax Compliance.

The award-winning root-based development model, developed by the speaker, inspires a new development order beyond economic growth and other income-related variables to include the three core-values of life sustenance, self-esteem and freedom.

The model creates a dynamic bottom-up institutional architecture to ensure that the citizenship within the communities become the resource base and centre of sustainable development. It addresses the importance of harmonising the traditions and culture of the indigenous people integrated with modern approaches as the basis of sustainable community development and governance. Above all, it creates and defines the basis of the Citizens Sector as the key sector for citizens-led community development that would play an effective complementary and partnership role to Government and the Private Sectors in a win-win scenario.

It is my humble postulate that, for the GRA to have a much deeper penetration into the informal sector for optimal revenue mobilisation, it is crucial for the Authority to collaborate closely with the root-based institutions at the grassroots so as to benefit from both the internalised communal support system and generations of community institutional memory. This process will also facilitate increased taxpayer education thereby improving voluntary tax compliance at the community level. 

ICT and the Creation of Capital and Wealth 

In this era where knowledge and information have become key factors in the growth of contemporary societies, the GRA should encourage the communities around the country to promote local economic vitality through the efficient utilisation of information and communication technology. 

GRA can also assist in the creation of capital and wealth in the communities to generate accelerated and sustainable development thereby improving tax mobilisation. This process would entail adequate documentation and registration of all buildings, parcels of land,  pieces of equipment and stores of inventories in the communities in order to produce capital out of the huge accumulated community assets. 

Integrated data bases on all these properties including accountable address system should be established to assist, among others, in the collection of taxes and debts. This should form the basis for the creation of a universal and reliable public utilities and a foundation for the creation of securities (like mortgage backed bonds) that can then be rediscounted and sold in secondary markets.


The recapitalisation of the national economy through this representational process will provide the force that raises the productivity of labour and creates the wealth of the nation.

Ghana must, therefore, bolster the establishment of the requisite representational process of assets within appropriate legal framework in order to create the needed capital for sustainable tax mobilisation to buttress wealth creation for the nation.


"Having received the blessing of the Omanhene with his presence and acceptance to chair this ceremony, let us also supplicate the Divine blessings on all undertakings of the Ghana Revenue Authority within the desirable tenets of integrity, fairness and service.

Amen", he said.


BELOW IS THE REMARKS  BY DAASEBRE PROF. (EMERITUS) OTI BOATENG

OMANHENE OF NEW JUABEN AND CHANCELLOR, ALL NATIONS UNIVERSITY AT  2021 GRA MANAGEMENT RETREAT 

AT EASTERN PREMIER HOTEL, KOFORIDUA, THURSDAY 24TH: 


Hon. Minister for Finance

Hon. Eastern Regional Minister GRA Board Chairman 

Commissioner-General of GRA,

Management of GRA

Nananom 

Distinguished invited guests 

Representatives of the media

Ladies and gentlemen 


I wish to thank the organisers of this retreat for the honour of inviting me to chair this high level meeting of the Management of Ghana Revenue Authority. I cannot but accept the honour with some few remarks.


GRA’s Third Strategic Plan, 2019-2021

An examination of the GRA’s third strategic plan, 2019-2021, reveals the desire to fulfil its core-mandate of ensuring sustainable revenue mobilisation for national development through maximum compliance with all relevant tax and customs related laws. This is akin to the observation made nearly two-and-a-half centuries ago, by Adam Smith, the great philosopher and economist, who singled out taxation alongside peace and justice as pivotal to a successful society in the following words:

“Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence...but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice.” This implies that the wealth of a nation hinges intrinsically on the three pillars of taxation, peace and justice.


The five strategic goals underlying the strategic plan are:

Grow revenue 

Improve Customs and Domestic Tax Compliance 

Leverage Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Enhance Administrative Efficiency, and 

Develop Professional and Motivated Staff

The theme for this retreat, Digitisation and Compliance for Effective Tax Mobilisation, essentially falls under components 2 and 3. This theme is relevant and timely, coming at a time when the country is moving from its manual processes to a digital system. This theme is in line with the Digital Ghana Agenda which seeks to cover as much of the digitally deprived communities in the country. The biometric National Identity Card; the National Digital Property Addressing System; the introduction of paperless port operations all represent significant milestones in the country’s journey to digitisation. And your digitisation and compliance for effective tax mobilisation theme revolves around the core mandate of sustainable revenue mobilisation for national development. 

The core mandate of growing revenue then becomes the objective function to be optimised subject to the following four constraints:

improved customs and domestic tax compliance, 

leveraged information and communication technology (ICT),

enhanced administrative efficiency and 

developed professional and motivated staff.

Presented in this particular framework, one is better enabled to understand and appreciate the whole system and the interdependency of its several parts. Furthermore, robust statistical methodologies can be developed to analyse the covariance matrices emanating thereof to derive various indicators and estimates.


Measures for Deeper Informal Sector Penetration and Voluntary Tax Compliance 

The award-winning root-based development model, developed by the speaker, inspires a new development order beyond economic growth and other income-related variables to include the three core-values of life sustenance, self-esteem and freedom.

The model creates a dynamic bottom-up institutional architecture to ensure that the citizenship within the communities become the resource base and centre of sustainable development. It addresses the importance of harmonising the traditions and culture of the indigenous people integrated with modern approaches as the basis of sustainable community development and governance. Above all, it creates and defines the basis of the Citizens Sector as the key sector for citizens-led community development that would play an effective complementary and partnership role to Government and the Private Sectors in a win-win scenario.


It is my humble postulate that, for the GRA to have a much deeper penetration into the informal sector for optimal revenue mobilisation, it is crucial for the Authority to collaborate closely with the root-based institutions at the grassroots so as to benefit from both the internalised communal support system and generations of community institutional memory. This process will also facilitate increased taxpayer education thereby improving voluntary tax compliance at the community level. 


ICT and the Creation of Capital and Wealth 

In this era where knowledge and information have become key factors in the growth of contemporary societies, the GRA should encourage the communities around the country to promote local economic vitality through the efficient utilisation of information and communication technology. 

GRA can also assist in the creation of capital and wealth in the communities to generate accelerated and sustainable development thereby improving tax mobilisation. This process would entail adequate documentation and registration of all buildings, parcels of land,  pieces of equipment and stores of inventories in the communities in order to produce capital out of the huge accumulated community assets. 


Integrated data bases on all these properties including accountable address system should be established to assist, among others, in the collection of taxes and debts. This should form the basis for the creation of a universal and reliable public utilities and a foundation for the creation of securities (like mortgage backed bonds) that can then be rediscounted and sold in secondary markets.


The recapitalisation of the national economy through this representational process will provide the force that raises the productivity of labour and creates the wealth of the nation.


Ghana must, therefore, bolster the establishment of the requisite representational process of assets within appropriate legal framework in order to create the needed capital for sustainable tax mobilisation to buttress wealth creation for the nation.


Having received the blessing of the Omanhene with his presence and acceptance to chair this ceremony, let us also supplicate the Divine blessings on all undertakings of the Ghana Revenue Authority within the desirable tenets of integrity, fairness and service.

Amen.


Thank You.



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