Technical staff in Kibuku and Pallisa districts in Eastern Uganda have been trained in digital revenue collection strategies to improve revenue collection in their respective districts.
The training, which was organized by Action Aid Uganda in partnership with Local Government Finance Commission aimed to equip the leaders with digital revenue collection strategies and knowledge to enhance revenue collection in their respective districts.
This training started on Monday, March 2023 on 16 March 2023 covered a wide range of topics, including revenue collection strategies, financial management, community mobilization and engagement and the legal framework governing revenue collection.
Grace Nyaguti, the Programs Officer of Action Aid Pallisa, emphasized the importance of Digital Revenue Collection in local government development. She noted that digital revenue mobilization was critical in ensuring that local governments were able to deliver essential services to the communities they serve.
“The success of local governments in delivering essential services to the communities they serve is highly dependent on their ability to mobilize and manage resources effectively. Digital revenue mobilization is a critical aspect of this, and it is therefore imperative that local leaders are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to enhance revenue collection,” She said.
The training was well received by the technocrats, who expressed their gratitude to Action Aid for organizing the program. They noted that the skills and knowledge they acquired would be instrumental in enhancing revenue collection in their respective districts.
Kibuku and Pallisa technocrats trained in digital revenue collection.
Herbert Saija Kirya, Chief Finance Officer of Pallisa, lauded the training, stating that it had come at an opportune time when the district was facing revenue collection challenges. He noted that the training had equipped him with the necessary skills to address the challenges and improve revenue collection in the district.
“We have been facing challenges in revenue collection, which has made it difficult for us to deliver essential services to our communities. However, this training has equipped us with the necessary skills to overcome these challenges and improve revenue collection. We are grateful to Action Aid for organizing this training,” he said.
The District Planer Kibuku, Paul Kirya, commended Action Aid for the training, stating that it had provided valuable insights on revenue collection strategies that would be useful in the district.
“The training has provided us with valuable insights on revenue collection strategies that we can implement in our district to enhance revenue collection. We are grateful to Action Aid for organizing this training, which has equipped us with the necessary skills and knowledge to improve revenue collection,” he said.
The participants also noted that the training had enabled them to appreciate the importance of community engagement in revenue mobilization. They stated that they had learned effective community engagement strategies that would enable them to increase compliance with tax laws and regulations.
“We have learned that community engagement is critical in revenue mobilization. We have been equipped with effective community engagement strategies that will enable us to engage with our communities effectively and increase compliance with tax laws and regulations. This will enhance revenue collection in our districts,” noted one of the participants.
The training program also emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in revenue collection. The participants were trained on the importance of maintaining accurate records and ensuring that the collected revenues were used for the intended purposes.
“The success of revenue mobilization is highly dependent on transparency and accountability. It is imperative that local leaders maintain accurate records and ensure that the collected revenues are used for the intended purposes. This will enhance trust between the local government and the communities they serve,” emphasized Mr Robert Roy Apegu Senior Financial Analyst at Local Government Finance Commission
The training program organized by Action is a significant step towards enhancing revenue mobilization in local governments. It is expected that the skills and knowledge acquired by the local leaders will be instrumental in improving revenue collection, which, in turn, will enable the delivery of essential services to the communities they serve.