The Annual Summit’s Focus
The Summit discussions will focus on the following thematic areas:
- Tax Administration
KRA in its 6th Corporate Plan envisions technology as a strategic enabler and game changer in support of the Authority’s pursuit for excellence in tax administration. To achieve this, the authority has moved with speed in digitization of several tax administration processes scooping an innovation award due to the impact iTax has had on tax payment processes. Tax policies have also undergone several changes, modernizing some of the statutes that undermined the taxation regime.
However, the authority continues to experience a myriad of bottlenecks in tax administration.
To discuss and develop long-lasting solutions to these challenges there is need to engage in conversations that will support KRA’s investment in improving its tax administration efficiency.
The Annual Tax Summit 2016, will provide for this dialogue platform which will be guided by the following speakers:
- Richard Ndungu
- Nikhil Hira
- James Mwangi- Equity Bank
- Julius Kipngetich- CEO , Uchumi Supermarkets
- Anzetse Were – Consultant
- Betty Maina- Principal Secretary – East African Affairs
- Phyllis Wakiaga- CEO, Kenya Association of Manufacturers
- Dr Geoffrey Mwau – National Treasury
- Tax Culture
It is the taxpayers’ expectation that Government will on a regular basis, publish detailed information on application of the tax revenue generated as a mark of accountability and fiscal responsibility. Where this does not happen however, the taxpayers’ willingness to pay is effectively reduced leading to a poor tax paying culture. To support KRAs goal of supporting Governments needs through domestic resource mobilization there is need to build taxpayers’ trust and foster an overall culture of tax compliance that is based on rights and responsibilities.
To this end, the 2016 annual summit will dialogue on best solutions to model Kenyan’s tax culture towards ensuring that citizens do not view paying taxes as a burden, but as an integral part of their responsibilities.
The proposed speakers under this theme include the following:
- Victor Ko – Culture Expert From Singapore
- Julius Muya – National Economic and Social Council
- Sam Mwale – Farasi Consultants Ltd
- Michael Waweru – Former KRA Commissioner General
- Julius Kipngetich – CEO, Uchumi Supermarkets
- George Njenga – Strathmore Business School)
- Laila Macharia – Scion Real Litd
- Busara Centre
- Tax Base Enhancement
KRA Vision 2018, envisions a Kenya where revenue resources are adequate to meet government needs without resorting to budget deficit. To achieve this goal, there is need to increase the number of citizens in the tax bracket. While the number of taxpayers registered on iTax registered a significant increase to reach an all-time high of 4.2 Million in 2015/16, from the 1.6 Million previously registered in 2014/15 , this number is still very low representing a mere 20% of the 21 Million adults in Kenya. There is need for a deliberate effort to bridge this gap by aggressively bringing more citizens into the tax net.
The 2016 Annual Summit will bring together fiscal policy experts to deliberate on policy measures to be applied for tax base expansion.
- David Ndii – Afric Economics
- Joseline Ogai-KRA
- Kamau Thugge-National Treasury
- John Njiraini – KRA
- Sheila Mbijiwe- Central Bank of Kenya
- Mugo Kibati- Pan Africa Insurance Holdings
- James Mworia – Centum Investments
Other discussions shall be held under four separate Syndicates as follows:
- Tax collection under devolved governance
The Devolved system of Governance in Kenya took effect in 2013 following institutionalization under the 2010 Constitution. Financing devolved units has been a major concern and so has been county expenditure management. KRA as the main revenue collection Agency for National Government seeks to support the counties in revenue collection, and has put in place a robust ICT system and professional and highly skilled workforce to support this initiative.
This syndicate will seek to discuss challenges around county revenue collection and expenditure management and will be spearheaded by the following speakers:
- Peter Munya
- Ekwee Ethuro
- Mutava Musyimi
- Wycliffe Oparanya
- Jack Ranguma
- Joshua Irungu
- Kibutha Kibwana
- Billow Kerrow
- Benjamin Langat
- Bernard Ndungu
2. Role of Technology in Taxation
Technology is rapidly changing business processes. To keep up the pace, organizations are becoming more adept to using advanced analytics to create new opportunities, generate insights and inform important decisions. Adoption of ICT in management of big- data and advanced analytics, and its application in expanding revenue generation is core for KRA in achievement of its mandate.
The 2016 Annual Summit will bring together thought leaders in technology development to deliberate on the future of technology and its contribution to taxation.
The following have been identified as speakers for this syndicate:
- Joe Mucheru – CS, Ministry of ICT
- Bitange Ndemo – Former PS, Ministry of ICT
- Michael Macharia- Seven Seas Technology
- Bill Russo – McKinsey
- Nick Nesbitt – IBM
- Julian Kyula
- Nick Hughes – M-kopa
- Bob Collymore – Safaricom
3. Universities Tax Conference
This session shall provide a platform for an academic discussion on the role of the academia in addressing taxation challenges.
Students and Lecturers will present papers on selected taxation topics.
- Stakeholder Feedback Session
KRA has adopted stakeholder engagement as a core strategy towards achieving its objectives for the three year period ending June 2018. The strategy revolves around building trust through facilitation.
As part of the continued stakeholder dialogue, this session shall provide a platform for stakeholder feedback and views on the following areas:
- Key drivers and role of stakeholders in attainment of 6 hour arrival clearance
- Role of stakeholders in tax policy
- Role of tax in regional trade
Proposed speakers include:
- Phyllis Wakiaga – Kenya Association of Manufacturers
- Ally Khan Satchu – Rich Management
- Polycarp Igathe – Vivo Energy
- Joseph Thogo – Deloitte
- Kiprono Kittony – KNCCI
- Dennis Awori – Kenya Private Sector Alliance
- Habil Olaka – Kenya Bankers Association
- Importers Association / KIFWA
- Julius Musyoki – KRA