A project to boost the sustainability and levels of Internally Generated Funds (IGF) for selected metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies has been initiated.
Funded under the Tax Revenue for Economic Enhancement of the Kingdom of Netherlands and in partnership with the Ministries of Finance, Local Government and Rural Development and Local Government Services, they have been selected for a pilot phase.
The project which has the potential to aid the realisation of the Ghana beyond Aid Agenda spans 2018-2022 in deployment of cutting edge strategies, boost sustainable revenue generation, judicious disbursement and tackle all challenges undermining effective and efficient revenue mobilisation within the assemblies.
It is also to overcome challenges as inadequate database, leakages in revenue mobilisation system, low citizenry engagement in order to sustain deployment of revenue mobilisation software, enhancement of revenue database and support in communication in MMDAs.
At a project implementation strategy workshop in Kumasi, Peter Jongkind, the Project Director for VNG International, disclosed that the project had so far deployed software in the beneficiary MMDAs and currently used to collect data, locate property and manage entire revenue of the assemblies.
He called on the participants to embrace the revenue enhancement strategies the project had introduced in revenue mobilisation process of the assemblies since it would help improve revenue and service delivery to the citizenry.
Simon Osei Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, lauded the project saying, “It is refreshing the project, focussed on removing bottlenecks to scale up revenue generation in the assemblies, as evidence in the successes so far chalked by the MMDAs.”