The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has awarded a professional certificate to a staff of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Zechariah Geedehgar Munford, as an International Trade Facilitator Trainer.
According to a press release, Mr. Munford, Senior Officer for Valuation in the LRA Customs Department, received the global recognition following completion of a two-year intensive international trade facilitation training program.
Before being certificated, he completed the five modules of the empowerment program and also obtained satisfactory marks during evaluations.
“With the level of training acquired from the [program], I am well placed to make vital contributions to quality trade reform initiatives in Liberia,” Mr. Munford says.
He expresses gratitude to the UNCTAD for the training opportunity and the professional recognition as a certified trainer. This, he said, will enhance his ability to produce quality results in trade facilitation training.
The release says the training initiated by the UNCTAD began in 2016, as a result of Liberia’s membership accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The program was intended to strengthen members of the Liberia National Trade Facilitation Committee (LNTFC) to institute vital trade reforms including provisions of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
LRA Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba, congratulates Mr. Munford for the achievement, describing it as a pride for the LRA and Liberia.
Madam Tamba urges Munford to use the skills to positively impact the collection of lawful revenues and meeting the country’s domestic resource mobilization agenda.
At the same time, the LRA says it will determinedly enforce the collection of lawful revenues, while working with all stakeholders, especially the business community, to enhance compliance and boost domestic resource mobilization.
The Authority wants businesses in the country to operate in the confines of the law and pay their taxes in line with the Liberia Revenue Code to foster national development.
The LRA Domestic Tax Department made the commitment during a one-day interactive discussion recently with several business stakeholders at its headquarters in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The discussions focused on issues hindering the accurate filling of tax records including timely payment of taxes by taxpayers meanly in the Medium and Large Tax sectors.
Eddie H. Howe, LRA Large Tax Manager for Analysis, Assessment and Accounting says the initiative was further intended to identify issues affecting the taxpayers and the LRA respectively in the payment and collection of lawful revenue.