The Commissioner General of the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), John Biziwick, has stressed the need for officers in the Authority to work extra hard and beat the set revenue target for the 2023/2024 financial year.
Biziwick made the remarks on Friday, 2nd June 2023, when he presided over the opening of 3 - day Domestic Taxes Division Strategic Meeting in Salima.
He reminded the participants that the Authority was allocated K2.11 trillion in the current financial year and it was very imperative for all officers to work extra hard in order to surpass the target.
‘’While I commend you for hard work in the previous year which enabled us to beat the set target, the new target poses an enormous challenge which calls upon us all to be more proactive and dedicated to duty in order to beat and surpass the revenue target,’’ said Biziwick, sounding more optimistic about beating the revised target.
In this regard, he appealed to the audience to be more pragmatic in their approach towards work by leveraging on low hanging fruits and collect more revenue for national development.
He then lamented that even though cement and Kaunjika were among the top ten imports in the country, there was little revenue collected as domestic taxes from such products.
“Why is this the case,’’ quickly wondered Biziwick, while appealing to the business analysis sections of the Domestic Taxes and Customs & Excise divisions to extensively investigate the mismatch and come up with answers.
Speaking earlier, the Acting Commissioner Domestic Taxes, Gray Balawe, thanked all the participants for coming to attend the strategic meeting and encouraged them to freely contribute in the deliberations.
Some of the participants pose for a group photo with CG (seated third from left) chanting ‘Zikutheka’
The Domestic Taxes Division had organized the 3 – day meeting to strategize on how best to beat and surpass the target of about K1.5 trillion allocated to the Division in the current financial year and had invited all the stations and support divisions in MRA to the meeting.BY MC HIZZAL KAWANGA