ZRA signs MoU with CBU

The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) is concerned with the low confidence levels shown in local technological solutions by Zambian industries.

ZRA Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda says most Zambian industries and ICT service Providers import technological solutions and other accessories at the cost of local job creation and Foreign exchange preservation.

Mr Chanda says his organization has an ICT budget of one hundred million Kwacha annually most of which goes to Foreign Service providers at the expense of local Electronic engineers.

The Commissioner says there’s need for Zambians to start developing and utilizing the capable human resource in universities to create technological solutions for use in local institutions.

Mr. CHANDA says this measure would create a pipeline for job creation for the skilled information and communication graduates apart from

creating the nation’s own intellectual property.

He was speaking during the signing of a memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ZRA and the Copper belt university (CBU) in Kitwe on the development of a Local TAX administration system.

The program is aimed at developing solutions to enhance tax administration as well as reducing the cost of compliance by the tax payers.

And speaking at the same function CBU Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Shadreck Chama said the university will provide a system that will easily trigger tax audits to ensure proper management of revenue documents.

Dr Chama added that the MOU is a clear testimony of the confidence that the industry has in the unique strength and leadership that CBU has in ICT development, education and research.

During the signing ceremony students took time to show case their various inventions on information and Communication technology (ICT).

Most of these products focused on the promotion of E business in the Small medium enterprise which is in line with the government policy on E commerce.

The students also demonstrated their skills in Electronic engineering

 

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    Bobo Simon

    (May 18, 2018 - 2:16 am)

    Mr Chanda says his organization has an ICT budget of one hundred million Kwacha annually most of which goes to Foreign Service providers at the expense of local Electronic engineers.

    The Commissioner says there’s need for Zambians to start developing and utilizing the capable human resource in universities to create technological solutions for use in local institutions. Mr. CHANDA says this measure would create a pipeline for job creation for the skilled information and communication graduates apart from creating the nation’s own intellectual property.

    WHY IS THE ZRA COMMISSIONER MR. CHANDA MAKING SURE THAT; THE ANNUAL ONE HUNDRED MILLION KWACHA HIS ORGANISATION IS SPENDING AND THROWING ALL OF IT AT ICT FOREIGN SERVICE PROVIDERS IS BEING GIVEN TO THE LOCAL ELECTRIC ENGINEERS? THESE ARE QUESTIONS I WOULD LIKE HIM TO ANSWER:-
    1. Is it because Zambian (Indigenous/Local ICT Service Providers aren’t as good as their foreigner counterparts/competitors.
    2. Zambia Revenue Authority is an Agency/Authority; Why can’t the ZRA Commissioner spearhead and headhunt Zambians ICT Service Providers so the one Hundred Million Kwacha stays in the Country.
    3. If there is lack of ICT expertise from the Local ICT service providers; Why hasn’t ZRA insisted to set up regulations that binds Foreign ICT Service providers to collaborate with our Local ICT Service Providers; so there is skills transfer and it is from that pool of intellect and knowledge that Zambians can now start developing their own Intellectual Property.
    4. Is it that Zambian Legislation does not provide for collaboration between foreign ICT service providers and Local Electronic engineers? If so why can’t we introduce such laws and can put Zambia and Zambian interests first?
    5. Finally; do you prefer to give this one hundred Million Kwacha (which is a colossal Amount of money) to these so called Foreign ICT service Providers because there is corruption involved by some of your Officers in how these Tenders are awarded to these Foreign ICT Service Providers; hence pushing out the Zambian ICT Service Providers!
    6. Oh; one last question! a Personal one…. Why did The ZRA Commissioner General Mr Chanda did he call Service providers coming from abroad as ‘Foreign Service providers’ and yet he referred to Zambian Local ICT Service Providers as ‘local Electronic engineers’? (a) Are Zambian ICT service Providers of a lower standard compared to the Foreign ICT service Providers? or (b). It is merely a misconception; maybe Zambian ICT service providers can provider these services to ZRA even at better standard and cost. (c). Is it an inferiority colonial complex still existing among st our people that anything white, or coming from abroad is better than our own/local?

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