KAMPALA – Strategic partners today convened at the Uganda World Bank Country Office for a presentation about the Integrated Revenue Administration System (IRAS).
IRAS is currently being piloted in three Municipalities (Nansana, Fort Portal and Gulu) with potentials to be rolled out to all Local Governments in the future.
The meeting was attended by officials from World Bank Group Uganda Country Office, Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) Program, Local Government Finance Commission, Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development, Municipalities. The meeting was also attended by the IRAS Champions, the World Bank IRAS Consultants among others.
The IRAS consultant underscored the fact that with IRAS there is going to be increased ability to demonstrate the importance of the system to entire sub-national Local Government sector.
He also emphasized the importance of leveraging digital technology for revenue collection to avoid leakages while giving the tax payers the incentives to comply given the simplicity and easy access of the system.
On his part, the World Bank Country Representative, Mr. Martin Onyach-Olaa routed for performance readiness of the 22 Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (USMID) Program municipalities, adding that IRAS should be rolled out in phases starting with 8 municipalities based on the readiness assessment report.