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Customs officers are sacrificing animals to block digitalization of tax collection
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Customs officers are sacrificing animals to block digitalization of tax collection

Some Customs officers are allegedly sacrificing animals to block the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) from switching to the electronic customs clearing program, Asycuda World.

The program is an integrated customs management system that was developed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to aid with the modernization of manifests, customs declarations, accounting procedures, transit, suspense procedures, among others.

With this application, the GRA under the leadership of Commissioner Yankuba Darboe aims to block revenue leakages and minimize administrative costs.

But an insider at the GRA headquarters in Banjul disclosed to What's On-Gambia: "Some Customs officers don't want the Asycuda World program to be introduced because it would make stealing very difficult."

He continued: "Right now, they are busy visiting marabouts and sacrificing animals to block the implementation".

According to the insider, the Asycuda World is very effective in blocking revenue leakages and improving transparency through full audit trails, reforming the customs clearing procedures, among other mechanisms.

"We hope the Commissioner General will introduce the program as soon as possible to boost the collection of taxes, levies, and other duties for the socio-economic development of Gambians," he said.

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