New ERCA head assumes his job with no new vision or reformed policy direction

19 Jun

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

beker shalle Two weeks since assuming his new job, Beker Shalle, the new Director-General of Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Agency (ERCA) with the rank of minister, has given hint of which way he is planning to take the once powerful office now demoralized, spurned and crippled, following the imprisonment of most of its senior officials.

It would be recalled that those officials were charged for corruption, some of them condemned already in public opinion for the gluttons they were, with the ill-gained wealths they have amassed exhibited in public media – some of which had to be dag out of the ground or caught in homes of family members and associates.

Ato Beker now says his priority is to continue the office to fulfill the its mandate under the law, i.e., continuing its role as the nation’s revenue collector. He praised the staff for their success rate to date of 95 percent in the performance of their work as government revenue collectors.

This success, he appraised by his admission, based on the seven billion ETB collected on a monthly basis, against a target of ETB 7.3 bil a month.

The director-general also pointed out that the tax level that should have been collected by May 2013 has significantly gone down due to the mishap that has befallen the office with its officials behind key and lock. In that respect, he appealed to citizens to cooperate with his office in meeting the targeted tax and revenue collection target.

In his interview, one could hardly see any real interest in reforming the laws, especially the need for curbing down the excesses of his predecessors. Before they went down, they themselves admitted that ERCA was known for its excesses and unreasonable tax assessment. Thus they promised to change it, before they were nabbed.

Ato Beker Shalle could not even pick up on that. From day one, he ought to show awareness that the combination of Ethiopia’s arbitrary tax laws, authoritarian behavior and the hunger of the state for beyond its capacity revenue demands would become his albatross to deprive him of his human side. I would like to believe that his predecessors must once upon a time individual with human qualities, whom ERCA made them believe only their invincibility and indispensability.

Therefore, in continuity deprived of proper reforms, the new would only be offered revenue targets – which he has clearly seen and embraced – and that his role would be to do the job in meeting the targets in which he has no role in setting.

It is because of this that I regret to see and state that there would still be no light to guide that important office.
 

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See ERCA DG’s interview with FBC

የገቢ ስርዓቱን በማሻሻል ከህዝብና መንግስት የሚጠበቅብንን ሃላፊነት እንወጣለን… የኢትዮጵያ ገቢዎችና ጉሙሩክ ባለስልጣን ዋና ዳይሬክተር

አዲስ አበባ ፣ ሰኔ 12 ፣ 2005 (ኤፍ ቢ ሲ) የገቢ ስርዓቱን በማሻሻል ከህዝብና መንግስት የሚጠበቅብንን ሃላፊነት እንወጣለን አሉ አዲሱ የኢትዮጵያ ገቢዎችና ጉሙሩክ ባለስልጣን ዋና ዳይሬክተር አቶ በከር ሻሌ።

በባለስልጣኑ ሲታዩ የነበሩ ችግሮችን በመለየትም አፋጣኝ የማስተካከያ እርምጃዎች እንደሚወሰዱ ነው ዳይሬክተሩ ከፋና ብሮድካስቲንግ ኮርፖሬት ጋር ባደረጉት ቃለ ምልልስ የተናገሩት ።

አዲሱ የኢትዮጵያ ገቢዎችና ጉሙሩክ ባለስልጣን ዋና ዳይሬክተር አቶ በከር ሻሌ እና አብረዋቸው ወደ ሃላፊነቱ ስፍራ የመጡ ሌሎች ባልደረቦቻቸው ገና ሁለት ሳምንት ያሰቆጠሩ ቢሆንም ፤ በእነዚህ ጊዜያት ግን በባለስልጣኑ የሚታዩ ችግሮችን በመለየት ወደ ስራ መግባታቸውን ነው የገለጹት።

ለአብነትም ከሰራተኛውና ከግብር ከፋዩ ህብረተሰብ ጋር ተከታታይ የሆኑ ስብሰባዎችን በማድረግ ለአዲሱ አመራር ግብዓት ሊሆኑ የሚችሉ አስተያየቶችን ለማሰባሰብ የተሞከረ ሲሆን ፥ በዋነኝነት ግን አመራሩ ቅድሚያ በመስጠት አፋጣኝ እርምጃዎችን የወሰደው የገቢ አሰባሰብ ስርዓቱን ማስቀጠል እንደነበርና ይህንም በተሻለ ሁኔታ ማረጋገጥ እንደተቻለ ነው ዋና ዳይሬክተሩ ያብራሩት።

በዚህ ረገድ ባሳለፍነው ግንቦት ወር የእቅዱን 95 በመቶ የገቢ አሰባሰብ ክንውን ማድረግ እንደተቻለ የጠቆሙት አቶ በከር ፥ ይህም በወሩ ሊሰበሰብ ከሚገባው 7 ነጥብ 3 ቢሊዮን ብር ውስጥ ሰባት ቢሊዮን ያህሉ ነው ብለዋል ።

ለዚህ ደግሞ የተለያዩ ምክንያቶች ቢኖሩትም የባለስልጣኑ ቅርንጫፎች ስራቸውን በተገቢ ሁኔታ መፈፀማቸው ግን ዋነኛ ምክንያት መሆኑን ነው ሃላፊው ያሰመሩበት።

በአጠቃላይ የ11 ወሩ የገቢ አሰባሰብ ሁኔታ ሲታይ ደግሞ አፈፃፀሙ 84 ነጥብ 75 በመቶ ላይ እንደሚገኝ ማለትም ከ76 ቢሊዮን ብር በላይ ገቢ እንደተሰበሰበ ዋና ዳይሬክተሩ ገልጸዋል ፤ ይህም ከባለፈው ዓመት ተመሳሳይ ወቅት ጋር ሲነፃፀር ከ19 በመቶ በላይ ብልጫ አሳይቷል።

ይሁንና በዚህ አመት ባለስልጣኑ ሊሰበሰበው ከሚገባው 101 ቢሊዮን ብር የገቢ መጠን አኳያ የአሁን አፈፃፀሙ ደካማ እንደሆነ በአዲሱ አመራር መገምገሙን አመልክተዋል ።

እንዳለፈው ግንቦት ወር አፈፃፀም በሁሉም ወራት ተፈፅሞ ቢሆን እቅዱን በተሻለ መፈፀም በተቻለ ነበር ያሉት አቶ በከር ፥ የእድገትና ትራንስፎርሜሽን እቅድ ሊጠናቀቅ ሁለት አመታት ብቻ በመቅረቱ በእነዚህ ጊዜያት የገቢ አሰባሰብ ስራዓቱን በማሻሻል በወቅቱ እንዲሰበሰብ የታቀደውን ገቢ ለማሳካት ርብርብ ይደረጋል ብለዋል።

አቶ በክር የእቅዱን ግብ ለማሳካት ግን በዋነኝነት ሁሉም የህብረተሰብ ክፍል የዜግነት ግዴታውን በመወጣት የበኩሉን ሚና ሊጫወት ይገባል ነው ያሉት ።

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