By: Kebba AF Touray
Yankuba Darboe, the commissioner General of the Gambia Revenue Authority, who also doubles as the Chairperson of the West African Tax Administration Forum(WATAF), has vowed to ensure a unified voice on tax policy, amongst WATAF ECOWAS member states.
Mr. Darboe made this vow recently during an interview with this reporter following his recent appointment as the new Chairperson of the sub-regional tax forum.
He underscored that his appointment was as a result of his good track record with the GRA, which has recorded milestone achievements.
He said: “One of my sacred responsibilities is to ensure that WATAF achieves its aims and aspirations within the next two years of my tenure of office. I am committed to that course and I will spare no efforts in the attainment of this aspiration.”
He said: “The objectives of WATAF are to encourage strong collaboration and information sharing amongst ECOWAS member states, to improve the quality of tax administration, as well to ensure that all West African member states speak with one voice on tax policy and administration”.
He added: “My responsibility include working towards ensuring that the needs and expertise of West African members’ states are reflected in decision making by tax administration bodies at international and multilateral levels”.
His appointment as the Chairperson of WATAF, will give the Gambia the opportunity to be more exposed to learning international good practices in tax administration.
He expressed: “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the ECOWAS member states for the trust and confidence bestowed upon me and I will do my utmost to deliver as expected”.