UNDP receives honorary development partner awardMar 22, 2015
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has received an honorary Development Partner award from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) during its Annual Awards Ceremony held at the State Banquet Hall in Accra on Friday, March 20th, 2015.
In the citation accompanying the award, issued by Mr. George Blankson, the Commissioner-General of the GRA, the authority praised UNDP for the interventions under its Democratic Governance programme to address the issues of integrity and related communications challenges that existed among the Ghana Revenue Authority and its stakeholders.
The Ghana Revenue Authority eulogized UNDP’s role in supporting its Customs Division to implement an Integrity Survey that sought to identify incidence of corruption, its causes and recommendations for addressing them.
The authority also appreciated UNDP’s role in the development and implementation of a Communication Strategy that enabled the Customs Division to carry out tax education and sensitization of the media and direct clients on customs rules and procedures. As part of the UNDP support, an electronic version of the Customs Harmonized Systems Code was also produced to facilitate customs processes and international trade.
UNDP, under its Democratic Governance programme, supports the commitment of the Government of Ghana to good governance by prioritizing increased citizen demands for transparency, accountability, justice, equality and participation.
As part of its 2015-2016 work plan, UNDP will further support the Custom Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority to implement some of the key recommendations of the Integrity Survey to strengthen integrity within customs, thereby increasing the collection of revenue for national development.