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LRA Holds Resource Mobilization Dialogue In Tubmanburg
MONROVIA, September 26 (LINA) - The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has held a two-day stakeholders’ regional dialogue on domestic resource mobilization in Tubmanburg City, Bomi County.
The dialogue, which brought together tax stakeholders from Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties, as well as lower Montserrado, is the second in a series of four regional dialogues involving the 15 political subdivisions of the country.
According to an LRA release, the first was held in Buchannan City, Grand Bassa County, bringing together stakeholders from Sinoe, Rivercess and Grand Bass counties.
Launching the dialogue in Tubmanburg, LRA Assistant Commissioner for Medium, Small and Micro Tax Division, Sebastian Weah, said it was time for Liberians to brace themselves to fund their own development priorities rather than depending on outside funding
Weah said the dialogue was intended to solicit the views of the people on improving domestic resource mobilization.
“We have come to hear from you, to get your suggestions and to advise us on how we can improve our services and you can become more compliant in paying taxes as we together raise resources to develop our country,” he stressed
Superintendents Samuel Brown of Bomi, Armah M. Sarnor of Gbarpolu, Tenneh Kpadebah of Grand Cape Mount and Assistant Superintendent for Development of Montserrado County Sylvester S. Lama, in separate remarks, applauded the LRA initiative and pledged to engage their citizens and businesses within their purview to be tax compliant.
The dialogues are intended to solicit suggestions, comments and recommendations from participants which will inform the structure and organization of the country’s first-ever national revenue summit slated for late November this year.
The planned National Revenue Summit is intended to stimulate a culture of voluntary tax compliance and to raise awareness on the importance of Domestic Resource Mobilization in light of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.