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The OBR must digitize all of its services for it to function properly

ByWebmaster

Dec 22, 2021

BUJUMBURA December 22nd (ABP) – The Burundi Revenue Authority (OBR), held on Tuesday, December 21, at the Intwari Stadium in the City of Bujumbura, the closing ceremonies of the celebration of the day dedicated to the taxpayer, 2021 edition, under the theme ” Turwīzé umwìímbu, turōnké n’úmusêsekará wó gushōra hānzé, turihé nêzá amakòóri n’ámatagísi dúhīmbāwe” (Increase production to have the surplus to export and proudly pay taxes”, a check at the Intwari stadium by ABP has revealed.

Those ceremonies were honored with the presence of the President of the Republic, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye, the Minister in charge of Finance, Mr. Domitien Ndihokubwayo and other different authorities of the country.

The ceremonies were characterized by a visit guided by the Head of State to the stands of businesses, banks, companies, cooperatives that participated in that taxpayer’s Day celebration. These include, among others, SAVONOR, AFRITEXTILE, MUSUMBA STEEL, BHB, BIJE, OTB, Alpha Cd Technology, Imena Company, to name but a few.

After the guided visit, the President of the Republic proceeded to award prizes to the best taxpayers. Those awards were grouped into different categories such as the award of excellence which was awarded to Turame Community finance, inter-service contact, with a sum of 3 million Burundi francs.

The Imena company was among the recipients of those prizes with a sum of 2 million. The Burundi National Radio and Television (RTNB) also received prizes in raising awareness of the fight against corruption.

In his circumstantial speech, President Ndayishimiye called on all Burundians to be proud of the laudable work of the OBR while paying taxes to build our country, because, he continued to say, those taxes intervene in all sectors of the development of Burundi including the rehabilitation of roads, construction of hospitals and schools, and so on.

In order to keep things running smoothly, the Head of State recommended that OBR digitize all of its services within a period of no more than 3 months.

According to the commissioner general of the OBR, Mr. Jean Claude Manirakiza, the OBR has been effective in its mission to establish, collect, administer and account for the public treasury of taxes and customs duties.

Mr. Manirakiza added that the revenue was 301.21 billion at the inception of OBR in 2010 and it was 1,156.44 billion BIF at the end of the fiscal year 2020-2021.