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Gambia Hotel School Students Exposed to Revenue Laws

The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) recently convened a two-day forum, where they exposed students of Gambia Hotel School to the mandates and revenue laws of the authority.

The event organised by GRA was supported by UNDP through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. The event held at Metzy Hotel, was also designed to enlighten students on the mandates of the authority and its various tax systems.

At the event, Ousman Bah, head of Corporate Affairs at GRA, on behalf of the Commissioner General, reminded that before the corona virus, the hotel industry was amongst the top industries generating a significant amount of revenue to the Authority, particularly Value Added Tax (VAT).

However, he stressed that, today the industry has suffered a significant drop both in the number of tourist arrivals and revenue in the country.

“With the aforementioned, it is important that students and also future employees of the hotel industry are exposed to the fundamentals of taxation, taxpayer’s obligations and rights which is key to revenue mobilization and compliance management.”

The seminar, he added, is part of the authority’s 2020-2024 strategic plan and goal two, which he said, is to optimise client service delivery for improved customer relations.

“In simple terms, it is also meant to engage, educate and sensitise all stakeholders to enhance their understanding about the significance of tax revenue and its contribution to the national development programmes.”