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Finance minister meets with Revenue Task Force

Finance minister meets with Revenue Task Force

Freetown, Jan. 20 (SLENA) – The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr Khelfala Marah (in photo), last Friday 17 January 2014 meet with members of the Revenue Task Force at a meeting held at his George Street office in Freetown.

Speaking during the meeting, the Minister first welcomed members of the Task Force in charge of revenue mobilization and oversight.

He expressed the hope that all of them will have the energy and strength to collaborate and coordinate activities of government in order to achieve their goal, noting that the objective of the meeting was to bring on board all key stakeholders including Immigration, Office of the President, the Police, Ports and all other agencies that have one or two activities to do with revenue mobilization, particularly border posts and entering points in the country.

Dr. Khelfala used the meeting to commend the National Revenue Authority (NRA) and expressed hope that in 2014 they would continue to do well as they did in 2013 by exceeding their target.

The minister further commended the Ports Authority for the innovative ideas they are putting in place including support received from Immigration in ensuring that the new border post at Gbalamuya works productively.

He said the meeting was meant to discuss what was required to decongest the ports and what all of them as agencies and ministries can do to ensure that not only are the ports decongested but most importantly they continue to get revenue through the use of the ASYCUDA.

This has to do with many institutional arrangements within the ports facility, he stressed, and commended the task force for the progress made during the last few months while hoping that they would continue to achieve more.

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