Dr Shein said this on Saturday at a function to mark 20 years of the Zanzibar Revenue Board (ZRB) that took place at ZRB headquarters in Mazizini, Zanzibar Town.
He said revenue collected by ZRB and the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) during financial year 2018/19 of 727b/- has enabled the government to reduce its dependence of the budget from 30.3 percent for in FY 2010/2011 to 5.1 percent in 2019.
Dr Shein said the level proves how his government has realized the goals set by the Chama cha Mapinduzi for 2015-2020 paragraph 68(d) that recognized the two institutions’ ability to collect 800b/- by 2020/2021.
He added: “When he ascended to the presidency in 2010, revenue collected by both ZRB and TRA averaged 13.5b/- per month, while ZRB alone was collecting 8.7b/- per month.”He said his government has been able to implement its various strategies by improving the management and capacity in revenue collection, and added that by FY 2014/2015 over 16.7b/- was collected.
He said because of the satisfactory achievement in revenue collection, the government has been able to improve the welfare of the workers fourfold, to pay community pension to every elder person who attains 70 years of age, as well as to improve various social services including health and education.
Said he: “Whenever we make developments to our infrastructure such as roads, ports and airport, or buy medical equipment as well as other services including subsidy to agricultural inputs, it is proof that that our revenue collection has gone up’”
He said simplifying revenue collection is important especially in educating the wananchi on the existing tax laws so that they fully adhere to them.
He said ZRB called upon staff and workers in revenue collection institutions to continue working diligently and with patriotism,.
On his part the Minister for Finance and Planning Amb. Mohamed Ramia called upon ZRB staff to work professionally so as to confront various challenges in the revenue collection environment.
The ZRB Commissioner General Joseph Abdalla Meza, said at different times the ZRB management has been reminding staff the importance of executing their duties diligently and avoid corruptive tendencies.