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Acting Treasury CS Yattani Inspects First Project, Lauds Progress

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National Treasury acting Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Ukur Yattani has lauded the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for the various tax administration, modernisation measures it has put in place.

The Acting Cabinet Secretary, who was on a familiarisation tour of the KRA operations at the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Embakasi today, said that automation of tax administration functions is key in enhancing both transparency and efficiency.

He added that automation of KRA processes has reduced human intervention in handling cargo right from the Port of Mombasa to the ICD and other destinations.

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To further enhance efficiency and reduce cargo clearance timeframes at the ICD, the CS said that the Government will install more cargo scanners as well as recruit additional Information Technology experts for KRA, among other resources.

“We are really impressed by the level of modernisation at this facility which has resulted to collection of more revenue by the Customs and Border Control Department,” the CS said.

Yattani further lauded partner Government agencies involved in the process of handling cargo including the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) for working in synergy with KRA to enhance efficiency. 

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Noting  that  the  ICD  is  a  24 hour  operation  function,  the  Acting  Cabinet  Secretary observed that government will reach out to other key stakeholders such as shipping lines to deliberateon their alignment to ICD operating hours. He indicated that the alignment will be a key factor to further enhance cargo clearance timeframes.

The CS also visited the Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS) and Integrated Scanner Management Solution Command Centres at Times Tower.  

Speaking at the same forum, KRA Commissioner General Mr Githii Mburu stated that KRA is reaping the fruits of modernisation of tax systems within the Customs and Border Control Department.  Apart from enhanced efficiency, Mr Mburu noted that Customs revenues are now on an impressive upward curve.

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“In  July,  2019,  we  collected  over  Ksh50  billion  in  Customs  revenues,  the  highest collection  ever.  We  attribute  this  improved  performance  to  modernisation  of  our systems which hasin turn enhanced our efficiency,” the Commissioner General said.

He added that among the landmark automation initiatives that have been instrumental in beating tax evasion include the modern cargo scanners installed at the Port of Mombasa, ICD and at the Namanga One-Stop Border Post.

The Commissioner General noted that installation of the cargo scanners has gone a long way in stumping out malpractices such as mis-declaration and under-declaration of cargo.

To further take the efficiency a notch higher, the Commissioner General said that KRA is in the process of procuring additional scanners for installation at all border points.

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Francis Muli

Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.
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