Launch of Leadership Training Programme for State Revenue Authority Governing Board Members

Nov 30, 2017

H.E. Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, James Wani Igga (right), Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan, H.E. Seiji Okada (center), and UNDP Country Director Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen (left) during the launch programme at the University of Juba.

H.E. Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, James Wani Igga, officiated the launch of a two-week training programme for members of the new Revenue Authority Governing Board jointly organized by the University of Juba’s School of Public Service, the Embassy of Japan, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the theme “Raising Transformational Leaders for Transparent and Accountable Revenue Diversification in South Sudan”.

In a keynote address, the Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga stated: “this kind of workshop is very important because it unearths the challenges facing tax collection across the country. Dr. Igga stressed the importance of integrity and transparency for winning the trust and confidence of the taxpayers. He cited as challenges issues related to corruption, embezzlement, lack of tax uniformity, roadblocks, and too much tax exemptions. “All these challenges if we don’t stop them, we will not make a progress” Dr. Igga warned.

Meanwhile, the Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan, H.E. Seiji Okada also focussed on trust, accountability, and integrity. He stated: “money collected has to be used in a very transparent manner, sometimes it’s very difficult to implement but authorities should be transparent on the money collected and spent.”

UNDP Country Director Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen applauded the fruitful partnership with Japan and the University of Juba in the institutional capacity building. Dr. Kamaluddeen underscored the importance of creating tax intuitions with people who are skilled and well trained to ensure that the taxes they collect work for the people, and the challenges of lack of integrity and expertise vanish.

“Our [UNDP] expertise is in connecting you to partnership, knowledge, and institutions that will continuously help you as you pursue your role in advancing growth, development, and prosperity in a peaceful South Sudan,” Dr. Kamaluddeen concluded.

Other dignitaries in attendance were the Deputy Minister of Finance, the Deputy Governor of Jubek State and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Juba as well as members of South Sudan Chamber of Commerce

The training is aimed at providing a platform to the governing board members to understand the fiscal challenges of South Sudan and need for revenue diversification at state levels; prepare the board members towards their responsibilities to lead the revenue modernization and tax reform at respective state levels; sensitise the board members on the legal and regulatory frameworks governing non-oil revenue administration in the country, and the matters relating to tax jurisdiction among the three tiers of governments; and allow the board members to share experiences and challenges from their respective states.

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