Chief among these reforms is ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data) World which is an upgrade to ASYCUDA. It is web-based, thus allowing users to use it and process Customs transactions from anywhere and anytime. It is possible to attach and submit commercial documents electronically. ASYCUDA World has been implemented by the NRA with a view to reducing the cost of doing business both on the side of traders and Customs; reduce clearance time and avert some of the challenges experienced with ASYCUDA.
Another reform is ITAS (Integrated Tax Administration System), which is a generic term used to describe a modern computer system that automates end-to-end tax processes. The implementation of ITAS had been a long-awaited contract but with the assumption of office of Dr. Jibao, the contract was finally signed on 30th October, 2018 and the implementation team is currently with the NRA and data verification is underway to update the tax register to be migrated to ITAS.
The National Revenue Authority (NRA) is also implementing a pilot testing of the Electronic Cash Register (ECR) in conjunction with the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World.
Meanwhile, according to the NRA boss, “inflation was about 17% but now we are talking about revenue growth which is about 35%.” What this means is that even if you take inflation out, the revenue is still growing; and even in terms of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product), revenue grew by 1.5% which is really a very impressive performance by any international standard.
Not only has the NRA met the IMF and revised government targets in 2018, but the increase in revenue collection in 2018 was unprecedented as revenue increased by 36% over 2017; revenue/GDP ratio increased by 1.5 percent which is not only historical, but comparable with any high performing revenue collecting country.
In addition, during the period under review, after most donors had lost confidence in the Authority for lack of reform implementation; under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Jibao, a notable number of development partners longing to support the NRA in revenue collection including World bank, IMF FAD and AFRITAC, DfID, AfDB, US Treasury, OSIWA, ICTD, OXFAM, ATAF. OECD and Indian Government are now back onboard fully supporting the Authority as it is conforming to current national and international reforms.