The training which began on Monday February 18, 2003, will be held at the Inland Revenue Department on St. Kitts. The workshop will include persons from the St. Kitts-Nevis Inland Revenue Department, St. Kitts-Nevis Customs and Excise Department, Jamaica Inland Revenue Department and Dominica’s Customs and Excise Division. The inter-departmental programme is expected to involve the integration and coordination of systems and procedures of the Inland Revenue Department and Customs and Excise Department. The project is expected to enhance and expand the capability of the Departments to detect and reduce fraud, waste and inefficiency. It is envisage that this new methodology will generate significant improvements in operational efficiency and higher productivity at the respective revenue administration agencies.
Moreover, the training forms part of the long term strategic goal of the Inland Revenue Department to transform the organisation into a world class revenue administration. Against the backdrop of rapid changes within tax administrations around the world, it is imperative that we aim to enhance the knowledge and technical capabilities of our employees and ensure that our systems and procedures are sufficient to meet the goals of the Department.
SEMCAR (Supporting Economic Management in the Caribbean), is supported by funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). It is managed by the World Bank, in partnership with the International Monetary Fund IMF. The strategic objective of the SEMCAR Program is to improve economic management, regional integration and competitiveness in 12 Caribbean countries. Within this strategic context, the Program is expected to contribute to a more efficient, effective, accountable, and regionally integrated Tax, Customs and PFM institutions, policies, processes and ICT systems. SEMCAR runs from April 2011 until April 2014 with the total financing of CDN$19.2 million/US$18.26 million under a Multi-Donor Trust Fund.