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Jul 12, 2011

Summer tax school instituted


An annual summer Tax school has been introduced by government to strengthen the capacity of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Tax Policy Unit (TPU) of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to develop tax revenue mobilization in Ghana.

The programme seeks to provide relevant managerial and manpower resource base for the country’s tax mobilization drive and the management of resources for rapid economic growth.

Mr. Enoch Cobbinah, Chief Director of Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, in Accra at the closing ceremony and presentation of certification, disclosed that the programme will be extended beyond building the capacity of tax policy, to cover other areas of economic management which needs to be strengthened.

Dr. Joe Amoako-Tuffour, who is the brain behind the Summer School, on his part acknowledged that the introduction of the school is to help update workers’ knowledge in taxation and its adverse impact on the economy.

Twenty Seven personnel of the GRA and TPU under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning have successfully completed a four-month intensive training course on taxation to detect plug loopholes in the nation’s tax regimes at Aburi, in the Eastern Region.

The first summer school on taxation was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Development Cooperation (BMZ), Deutsche Gasellschaft fuer International Zasammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Source : ISD