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ICTD announces new capacity building program with Uganda and Rwanda revenue authorities

On February 8th, the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) announced a new capacity-building program with the Ugandan and Rwandan Revenue Authorities. The announcement was made at the beginning of the ICTD’s second “African Tax Administration Day” in Kigali, featuring presentations of research by tax officials from Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya. The ICTD’s Capacity Building Manager Dr Jalia Kangave, said “We would like to encourage and support useful research by Africans directly involved in tax policy and administration. The goal of this day is to provide the presenters with constructive feedback from the members of our network, so that they can improve their research studies and hopefully develop them into published papers.” The new capacity building program will be a year-long pilot of workshops and collaborative research between researchers from the ICTD and staff from the revenue authorities in Rwanda and Uganda. Denis Mukama, the Acting Deputy Commissioner for Research and Planning from the Rwanda Revenue Authority said, “We see this as an opportunity to take the work we have done with the ICTD a step further; to undertake further research that really speaks to tax administration, and to improve upon how we work with our data.” Milly Nalukwago Isingoma, the Assistant Commissioner of the Research Department at the Uganda Revenue Authority said, “Our policymakers want to know the impact of what their decisions will be, and we have many research questions. Funds are not all that you need, you also need the support, commitment and resilience to be able to deliver research, so we are very glad to have the opportunity to participate in this pilot.”

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