Finance to appoint revenue head by August

The establishment of the country’s new revenue agency has reached the next level, with the position of the CEO being advertised.

13 July 2018 | Economics

The incumbent is required to have a comprehensive knowledge of Namibia’s tax system and familiarity with the tax laws, SACU and SADC appliance tax treaties, as well as regional and international protocols to be administered by the NAMRA. - Ministry of Finance

NDAMA NAKASHOLE - The ministry of finance has kicked off the search for the commissioner of its new Namibia Revenue Agency (NAMRA).

The ministry’s senior technical economic advisor who is also chairing the NAMRA task team, Penda Ithindi, told Market Watch yesterday that the appointment will be done by August.

The person, who will also serve as the CEO of the agency, will provide leadership, management and supervision of day-to-day operations of the NAMRA, ensure administration and enforcement of revenue laws, as well as the effective operation of the NAMRA regional offices.

According to the advert this week, the commissioner-cum-CEO will also be responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan, business plan and scorecard for the agency, in consultation with the minister and the board of directors.

The revenue chief will report to the minister and the board of directors, will also oversee the collection of taxes, customs and excise duties, ensure compliance and implement an enforcement strategy, as determined by the ministry.

The development and implementation of efficient and effective control measures in terms of the trans-border movement of goods and trade facilitation is also one of the roles that the chief will play at the agency.

Other duties have to do with working within polices and budgets, while modernisation, overseeing audits, research, transparency, communication and fostering partnerships.

COMPETENCE

Namibian citizens are preferred for the position, and according to the ministry, the person should have no criminal record.

“The incumbent is required to have a comprehensive knowledge of Namibia’s tax system and familiarity with the tax laws, SACU and SADC appliance tax treaties, as well as regional and international protocols to be administered by the NAMRA.”

Planning skills, the ability to manage a large organisation, good communication skills as well as the ability to provide the organisation with a vision through effective leadership, are some of the other qualities sought for in the tax chief.

CAPITAL

This week’s search for NAMRA boss comes a month after the ministry advertised for expression of interest to serve on the agency’s board.

These are part of the processes that will eventually lead to the establishment of NAMRA, according to the ministry. The ministry is set to have NAMRA operational by 1 March 2019.

In his budget speech in March this year, finance minister Calle Schlettwein said that of his ministry’s 12.1 billion allocation over the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), a total of N$319.9 million is earmarked for the transitional arrangements for the establishment of NAMRA over the MTEF. This is in addition to the allocations made for the departments of Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise.

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