Tanzanian finance managers visit Negros Oriental
by Rachelle M. Nessia
Dumaguete City (21 February) -- A group of government officials from the Republic of Tanzania recently conducted a five-day study mission in Negros Oriental on the Integrated Taxation (iTAX) on Real Property Tax, a program piloted in the province.
The group - composed of consultants on tax administration, director of local government finances, outcome managers, municipal directors and treasurer of Dar Es Salaam, director of tax policy, commissioners of domestic revenue and principal Finance Management Officer - represented Tanzania's Prime Minister's Office-Regional Administration and Local Government (PMO-RALG) led by F.E. Mbonde, Deputy Permanent Secretary.
The Tanzanian government is interested to acquire and eventually adopt the iTAX technology for its local government taxes, a strategy which was implemented in Negros Oriental by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).
Tanzania is already implementing the iTAX technology on its national taxes, the first country to do so.
But according to GTZ Program Coordinator Margie Yan, the Tanzanian Finance Managers who attended the International Financing on Local Government held in Negros Oriental last year expressed interest to acquire the said technology for their country's local taxes.
The Tanzanian officials were reportedly impressed with how GTZ developed the program for local government taxes, said Yan.
In their five-day visit in Negros Oriental, the Tanzanian group visited several sites particularly Dumaguete City and Valencia, two local government units that have been most aggressive in its implementation of iTAX in their tax collection system.
Yan said Valencia currently has a 'functional' iTAX system, which means their local government was able to generate receipts from the payments made by its local taxpayers using the iTAX technology. (PIA/RMN) [top]