Finance Minister Urges Gra To Broaden Tax Net



GRA BOARDMr.Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance, yesterday inaugurated a nine-member Board of Directors for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The board has Mr. Ralph Tuffuor as Chairman, other members are, Mr. Milison Narh, Mr. George Blankson, Ms. Edith Akiwumi, Mr. Frank Gamadey, Ms. Rita Sraha, Mrs. Grace Marebe and Mr. Patrick Numo.

He charged the new board to ensure that the next level of the reform programme was opera-tionalised to ensure efficiency and increase in revenue mobilisation.

He said now that Ghana was a middle income country, it no longer had access to concessional loans to support revenue shortfalls, hence, the need for the GRA to intensify domestic revenue mobilisation.

He, therefore, charged the board to guide the Authority to come out with measures that would broaden the tax net to not only increase revenue but also to ensure equity in revenue redistribution to solve critical social problems.

“I have no doubt in my mind that with a supportive, proactive and innovative Board, GRA will be capable of contributing more than its current performance share to the national kitty and I charge you to ensure that this comes to pass during your tenure of office,” he emphasised.

He expressed the government’s appreciation to the immediate past board for overseeing the successful implementation of the GRA reforms and wished them well in their endeavors.

The Board Chairman, Mr. Tuffour, on his part asked for the government’s support and assured government of their commitment to see through the reforms and guide the Authority to meet the set targets.

Present were officials of the Ministry of Finance and the Ghana Revenue Authority.

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