Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has left the country to join revenue administrators and development actors in Nairobi, Kenya, for the 2nd High level meeting of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, a press release said yesterday.
The meeting, which runs from November 29 TO December 2, 2016 will, among others, take stock of the implementation of development effectiveness principles and commitments; provide a learning space on development effectiveness, showcasing successful examples; identify innovative approaches to sustainable development that can be scaled up; and positioning the Global Partnership to effectively contribute to implementation of the SDGs and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.
While at the meeting, Commissioner Tamba, who is also head of the West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF), will participate in a side event of the Addis Tax Initiative on December 1 under the auspices of the Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) Secretariat, where she will also showcase the Liberian experience.
Under the title, “New Partnerships in Tax – From Traditional to South-South, How New Initiatives are Helping Finance the SDGs,” the side event will look at how the initiative has developed, its aims, results achieved so far in different countries, country ownership and partnerships that are integral to its success as well as what lessons others could be learnt from the experience.
Commissioner General Tamba will base her discussion on the range of partnerships that are developing across Africa to support Domestic Resource Mobilization, and encourage increased support for them.
The CG will provide a country case study of the challenges that a low income country, like Liberia, faces in increasing revenues and how development cooperation can help meet them.
The West African tax executive will elaborate on why international support has been necessary for Liberia, including reference to the challenges around natural resource taxation as well as how the range of support that has been provided to Liberia has developed over time, with a focus on the TIWB’s support.
The Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation is a multi-stakeholder partnership that brings together governments, international organizations, civil society, parliamentarians, foundations and the private sector in a shared purpose to boost development impact through the implementation of the internationally agreed effectiveness principles
The pending meeting is also an opportunity to influence development ministries and practitioners on their approach to support for domestic resource mobilization (DRM). It is to this end that this event is focused, to highlight the range of potential actions available to support DRM in Africa in the coming years.