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“You contracted an unknown company for an e-tax system,” ICT ministry tells Central Equatoria State government

ICT Ministry Expresses Concern over Independent E-Tax Contract by Central Equatoria State

The National Ministry of Information, Communication Technology, and Postal Services has raised concerns over a contract independently signed by the Central Equatoria State government for an electronic tax (e-tax) system.

According to Telecommunication Undersecretary Dr. Lado Wani Kenyi, the company engaged by Central Equatoria is not recognized, and the integrity of the collected e-tax data could be compromised. He urged Central Equatoria to involve the national government in such endeavors to ensure proper vetting and mitigate potential risks.


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“The independent contract with an unknown company raises significant risks. The data from the e-tax system could potentially be lost or manipulated, jeopardizing tax revenue collection,” said Dr. Kenyi.

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The Undersecretary’s remarks came during a coordination and streamlining meeting organized by the National Communication Authority in Juba on Monday. The meeting brought together state ministries of information and communication, mobile operators, and other stakeholders.

Dr. Kenyi further cautioned state ministries against unauthorized taxation of mobile operators and Internet service providers. He stressed that such actions fall outside their authority and could harm the development of the telecommunications sector.

The government announced the signing of a contract with a South African telecommunications company to assist in building a digital economy for South Sudan. The Director General of the National Communication Authority, Napoleon Adok Gai said that the two-day streamlining workshop aims to clarify the mandates of various stakeholders and facilitate effective service delivery to South Sudanese citizens.

The Central Equatoria State government contracted XS- MAC Ltd, an Indian-owned company to launch an electronic system for collecting taxes for all government institutions in November 2022.

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