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Press release:Leveraging next generation of IT professionals to build a data driven tax administration

Gorilla Hotel Nyarutarama 10th August 2017: The Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Africa have today unveiled five projects developed to further improvements in tax administration. The projects, which were developed by students from CMU-Africa, are: Software Development of Single Taxpayer Platform for RRA (My RRA), Cyber Security, E-learning, inclusion of geographical information in Local Government Tax system and Data Analytics. Ten weeks ago, a group of ten postgraduate software engineering students from Carnegie Mellon University Africa embarked on developing the five projects aimed at enhancing efficiency in tax transactions and improving internal I.T. systems. RRA Commissioner General Mr. TUSABE Richard says: “Building data science and I.T. capability is at the heart of RRA’s transformation agenda. We have the ambition to lead the use of data analytics in revenue administration across the continent. We want the decisions we take at RRA to be driven by data, we want our services to be electronic and automated where possible to make it easy for taxpayers to comply and we want our staff to feel that I.T. helps them to do their job more effectively.” Easing tax processes resonates well with RRA philosophy of improving tax compliance while facilitating trade. The director of CMU-Africa Prof. Bruce Krogh remarked: “We are pleased to have started our partnership with RRA on such a high note as ten of our students conclude their master’s internships today. Students’ having the ability to apply the skills learned in class in a real-world context is paramount to their professional growth. We are thankful to RRA for providing such an enriching opportunity to CMU-Africa students, and we look forward to collaborating on further initiatives.” For more information:  About RRA                                      : <link http: www.rra.gov.rw _blank>www.rra.gov.rw  About CMU – Africa                       : <link http: www.cmu.edu africa _blank>www.cmu.edu/africa TUSABE Richard Commissioner General

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