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The OBR is very pleased to support International Anti-Corruption Day today, 9 December 2013.

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The OBR has been actively involved in supporting the Zero Tolerance to Corruption Policy outlined by His Excellency the President of the Republic in 2010. This year OBR was the most improved revenue authority in East Africa with a Transparency International Score of 16.4, down from 35.7 in the previous year.

 

Speaking today, the Commissioner General of the OBR, Kieran Holmes, said:

“Fighting corruption is central to the mission of OBR. Corruption benefits only the few whereas taxation benefits the many. The fact that OBR is on track to collect BIF 560 billion this year and provide 78% of domestic expenditure in 2013, up from 63% in 2009 shows that the OBR has been instrumental in turning corruption payments into tax payments, which help to grow the economy and provide a better standard of living for all.

Indeed I can do no better than quote the words of Justine Greening, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development:
“When corruption happens in developing countries, it is the very poorest people who foot the bill. It deters investment, cheats citizens out of the services and support they need to develop their economies and end aid dependency.” “
The OBR urges all taxpayers to continue to support the Zero Tolerance to Corruption campaign and to continue to make Burundi a more attractive place for investment and job creation.

We take this opportunity to remind everyone that we will shortly have a dedicated Call Centre operational at OBR along with a Hot Line and we will be glad to work closely with all concerned citizens in the fight against corruption.