In East Africa, Japan is set to engage in a new technical cooperation project with the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) that will enhance training programmes on minerals, oil and gas taxation.
Tanzania’s Daily News publication reported that Japan made the promise following the completion of a four-year project called the Project for Enhancement of Taxation Training in Tanzania.
The acting director of HR and Administration Department at TRA, Victor Kimaro, told local media that the company, with the support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has been implementing the $3.5 million project since February 2012 with the aim of enhancing the technical capacity of TRA personnel.
Kimaro said the project is being implemented through strengthening of the training capacity of the TRA division, the Institute of Tax Administration (ITA).
New technical cooperation project: oil & gas taxation
Chief Representative of JICA in Tanzania, Toshio Nagase, stated that after the implementation of the initial four-year project, Japan decided to start a new technical cooperation project in the Japanese 2016 financial year through the agency.
“JICA headquarters will send a project designing mission within this year. Thereby, the relationship between TRA and JICA would be further deepened while tax administration system will further be improved,” he said.
Nagase further highlighted that in a mission aimed at mobilising domestic resources through tax reforms, phase two of the project would focus on new areas including oil and gas as to widen the tax base and streamline tax administration.
Applauding the government's fifth-phase move to reduce donor dependence in the coming budget, Kimaro said various achievements have been attained during the four years of cooperation between TRA and JICA.
“In total, 608 TRA staff has been trained so far in the project, including the 373 who were trained in specialised training courses at ITA; 31 in country focused training programmes in Japan and 54 in training of trainers' courses.
The remaining 150 have been trained through seminars and workshops on international taxation, Base-Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) and on taxation of oil and gas,” he explained.