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LRA Customs Department Celebrates ICD in Gbarnga with a call to Improving Data Collection.

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(Friday, January 28, 2022) The Liberia Revenue Authority Customs department on Wednesday, January 26, joined the rest of the world in celebration of the seventieth (70th) International Customs day.

The day was celebrated under the global theme, “Scaling up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem”. Serving as keynote speaker, the CEO of Jungle Water group of investment, Floyd Tomah emphasized that training of customs officers is key to building a digital ecosystem in customs.

Floyd Tomah, CEO Jungle Water groups of Investments

He stated,” We need more awareness from LRA to taxpayers as per the different rules governing customs, tax payment and etc.” Mr. Tomah while stressing the need for data collection, called on businesses to digitize their sales and transactions to enable LRA collect lawful revenue more efficiently.

Meanwhile LRA Commissioner General Thomas Doe Nah says digitization of customs activities is a move aimed at modernizing the country’s tax administration.

Thomas Doe Nah, LRA Commissioner General

He stated that.” Data collection is key to our work and that’s why we need more citizens engagement exercises to inform our people.” Meanwhile CG Nah stressed that data collection is not only good for making policies but it also promotes efficiency and transparency in tax collection. At the same time, Customs Commissioner Saa Saamoi, noted that data collection brings about predictability and said projections can improve and promote revenue generation.

The World Customs Organization (WCO) dedicates International Customs Day to shaping a more sustainable and constructive business environment, and exploring forward-looking solutions. This year’s celebration was held in Gbarnga, Bong County, and the occasion was graced by the joint security in the county, customs officers and officials, as well as our Guinean counterparts from the border. International Customs day was instituted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) to commemorate the day in 1953 when the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council (CCC) was held in Brussels, Belgium.

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