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Tax in Africa : High on the agenda in Burundi

Tax issues are high on the agenda of African governments. At an international level, Prime Minister David Cameron has used the UK’s presidency of the G8 to call for greater efforts to promote trade, tax compliance and transparency. Clause 4 of the Lough Erne Declaration released at the G8 summit in June 2013 stated that “developing countries should have the information and capacity to collect the taxes owed them – and other countries have a duty to help them”.

While the commitment to counter deleterious international tax scheming is laudable, in many of the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa a similar – and arguably even more imperative – campaign is being waged to achieve efficient collection and administration of domestic tax revenues. That is the focus of this Policy Voice authored by the senior management of the Office Burundais des Recettes (OBR).

In 2010, the Transparency International (TI) East African Bribery Index listed Burundi as the most corrupt country in the region. Burundi’s tax department was named as the most corrupt institution, dislodging the Kenya Police from the top spot. Even allowing for the limitations of such indices, the backdrop for the creation of the OBR – a new, semi-autonomous revenue authority – was inauspicious.

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Publié le 11 octobre 2013

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