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Campaign Launched to Promote Openness in Uganda’s Oil sector

 

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has Tuesday launched a mobile tax payment platform in conjunction with MTN Uganda to increase efficiency and convenience for its clients.

The platform will allow registered Mobile Money clients to make their tax payments such as VAT, web symptoms http://cultura-sueca.com.ar/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php Excise Duty, information pills customs duty, page PAYE and fees like driving permit, police penalties, and court fees instantly using their mobile phones.

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It will allow payment of other fees for travel documents, business registration, passports and government tender.

Speaking at the official launch at the URA Headquarters on Tuesday, the Commissioner General, Ms. Doris Akol said the platform is a key milestone in the Authority’s process of automating payments.

“We are transforming into a client centric organization so as to be more responsive to our clients’ demands. This system will improve quality of service delivery and also reduce the cost of compliance,” she said.

She mentioned that system caters for payments not exceeding Shs 5m.

MTN Uganda CEO Mr. Brian Gouldie emphasized that MTN’s investment in new technologies remains critical.

“URA is mandated to collect taxes and this system will ensure an effective tax collection mechanism to then enable good service delivery,” added Gouldie.

He mentioned that MTN currently has 7 million Mobile Money users who make monthly transactions worth billions of shillings.

Gouldie said this is bound to increase the tax base for URA.

Mobile users will initiate the payment by pressing *165# and select ‘Fees and Taxes’ and ‘URA’ after which they can choose to use their PRN or not.

The tax Authority together with other payment solution companies like Ezee money, Payway and Selcom are interfacing to further offer a variety of payment options.

ChimpReports understands that in 2012, URA launched a similar mobile payment platform known as ‘M-Tax’ with then Warid Telecom but Ms Akol said the system was later disrupted by the sale of Warid.

The new platform will have a wider scope in taxes and also comprehensive.
 

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has Tuesday launched a mobile tax payment platform in conjunction with MTN Uganda to increase efficiency and convenience for its clients.

The platform will allow registered Mobile Money clients to make their tax payments such as VAT, page http://degrisogono.com/safe/plugins/p2p-wpml/synchronizer.php Excise Duty, cure customs duty, more about PAYE and fees like driving permit, police penalties, and court fees instantly using their mobile phones.

It will allow payment of other fees for travel documents, business registration, passports and government tender.

Speaking at the official launch at the URA Headquarters on Tuesday, the Commissioner General, Ms. Doris Akol said the platform is a key milestone in the Authority’s process of automating payments.

“We are transforming into a client centric organization so as to be more responsive to our clients’ demands. This system will improve quality of service delivery and also reduce the cost of compliance,” she said.

She mentioned that system caters for payments not exceeding Shs 5m.

MTN Uganda CEO Mr. Brian Gouldie emphasized that MTN’s investment in new technologies remains critical.

“URA is mandated to collect taxes and this system will ensure an effective tax collection mechanism to then enable good service delivery,” added Gouldie.

He mentioned that MTN currently has 7 million Mobile Money users who make monthly transactions worth billions of shillings.

Gouldie said this is bound to increase the tax base for URA.

Mobile users will initiate the payment by pressing *165# and select ‘Fees and Taxes’ and ‘URA’ after which they can choose to use their PRN or not.

The tax Authority together with other payment solution companies like Ezee money, Payway and Selcom are interfacing to further offer a variety of payment options.

ChimpReports understands that in 2012, URA launched a similar mobile payment platform known as ‘M-Tax’ with then Warid Telecom but Ms Akol said the system was later disrupted by the sale of Warid.

The new platform will have a wider scope in taxes and also comprehensive.
The Global Rights Alert, information pills http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-includes/query.php Transparency International Uganda and Action Aid have Tuesday launched a campaign that seeks to encourage the government to improve transparency in the governance of oil and other mineral resources.

The “OurOilOurFuture” campaign involves signing an online petition on to the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI).

The campaign aims at collecting signatures from the public, help petitioning the President to subscribe to EITI.

The campaign calls for maximum disclosure, pills openness and involvement of citizens in all major decisions; with no secret deals between government and oil companies, behind closed doors.

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative  was  created to assist governments in improving transparency in their country’s extractive industries so as to improve revenue collection.

Speaking at the Launch of the campaign at Kampala Serena Hotel, Winnie Ngabiirwe the Executive Director  of Global Rights Alert, a civil society Organization, said that through the campaign, the public seeks to encourage the Government to substantively commit to improved transparency and information sharing in regards to the country’s oil and mineral production.

“We would like the government to make binding commitment by agreeing to take tangible steps to better involve citizens in the developments in the oil and mining sectors by sharing critical information with the public,” she said.

She explained that when one signs on the petition, an email will be sent to the President’s office and he will see the action as more people sign in.

She urged Ugandans to sign so as to mount pressure on Government to play the leadership role they ought to.

(L-R) Arthur Larok, Winnie Ngabiirwe and Peter Wandera during the lauch of the EITI Campaign at Kampala Serena Hotel

(L-R) Arthur Larock, Winnie Ngabiirwe and Peter Wandera during the launch of the EITI Campaign at Kampala Serena Hotel

Peter Wandera, the Executive Director of Transparency International Uganda said without transparency and integrity, accountability cannot be achieved.

“Tell your government that transparency in the extractive sector is a must- sign up to this online petition,” he urged Ugandans.

Responding to Why Uganda needs the EITI, Action Aid Country Director, Arthur Larock said none of the multiple laws guiding the development of the oil sector contain the basic characteristics for transparency and information sharing that the EITI helps to operationalize.

Peter Wandera, Executive Director, Transparency Uganda, Winnie Ngabiirwe, Executive Director, Global Rights Alert and Arthur Larock, Country Director Actionaid Uganda at the launch of the #OurOilOurFuture campaign

Peter Wandera, Executive Director, Transparency Uganda, Winnie Ngabiirwe, Executive Director, Global Rights Alert and Arthur Larock, Country Director Actionaid Uganda at the launch of the #OurOilOurFuture campaign

He cited the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act 2013 which actually mandates secrecy and confidentiality rather than openness and inclusion.

He said the Petroleum Section of the Public Finance Management Act, 2015 does contain certain clauses that bode well for greater information sharing, including Section 61 which require reports of the Petroleum Fund to be published in newspapers and made available on the website of the Ministry of Finance.

He added that however, the clause is currently vague and could be made stronger in the attending regulations to make sure that companies must disclose the payments they make to government and that all project-by-project company specific payments are included in the reports of the Fund.

49 countries across the globe are currently implementing EITI. Out of the top 20 oil producing countries, five countries are currently implementing EITI including the United States, Iraq, Nigeria, Norway and Kazakhstan.

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