Bhutan: Developing a Revenue Administration Management Information System

Sovereign Project | 45006-001

Summary

The TA will help the government strengthen revenue administration and build capacity to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in revenue collection. The TA will also help the DRC to work in a more interated manner with the public accounts system and to generate the status of the government's fund position on a real-time basis. The TA will conduct a study of revenue policies and regulatory frameworks for broadening the revenue base and streamlining administration.

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Project Name Developing a Revenue Administration Management Information System
Project Number 45006-001
Country Bhutan
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7881-BHU: Developing a Revenue Administration Management Information System (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 50,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management - Public administration
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will help the government strengthen revenue administration and build capacity to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in revenue collection. The TA will also help the DRC to work in a more interated manner with the public accounts system and to generate the status of the government's fund position on a real-time basis. The TA will conduct a study of revenue policies and regulatory frameworks for broadening the revenue base and streamlining administration.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of Bhutan has requested support from the Asian Development Bank to develop and install a revenue administration management information system and to conduct a study on revenue policies and related regulatory frameworks.

The TA supports the government's priorities as outlined in its 10th Five-Year Plan, 2008-2013, which identified the importance of deepening the government's self reliance for financing development activities in the country and ensuring that domestic resources fund a larger share of the development outlay.

The TA will boost governmnet revenue by expanding the revenue base and increasing the outreach of revenue collection.

Impact Enhanced fiscal space to implement the Government of Bhutan's 10th and 11th 5-year plans
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Greater tax compliance and efficient tax administration
Progress Toward Outcome Ongoing
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

RAMIS established and activated

Training programs on RAMIS and public awareness program

Study on revenue policies and regulatory framework

Project implemented on time and within budget

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Ongoing. Consulting firm, CMC, has been fielded and is working closely with ADB. Additional experts recruited to help with UAT.

Direct tax module has gone live on 1st January 2015. UAT is ongoing for sales tax. Customs and excise module are being piloted.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation has been made with private sector stakeholders including Bhutan National Association of Commerce and Industry. Furthermore, close coordination has been made with bilateral donors including JICA in Bhutan.
During Project Implementation To be planned during the TA implemenation. At least two public awareness workshops on RAMIS are scheduled, and number of training courses will be offered. Furthermore, a study on current revenue policies and recommendations on introduction of new taxes and nontax revenues will be prepared and publicated around the end of the TA implementation.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A consulting firm has been engaged to implement the project in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement The procurement of hardware for RAMIS will be financed from ADB's TA for Strenthening Public Management. TA7724-BHU
Responsible ADB Officer Natalie D. Bertsch
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Revenue and CustomsP.O. Box 117, Thimphu, Bhutan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Apr 2011
Fact Finding 22 Jun 2011 to 24 Jun 2011
MRM -
Approval 06 Oct 2011
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Mar 2015

TA 7881-BHU

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Oct 2011 29 Nov 2011 29 Nov 2011 31 Jan 2015 31 Jul 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
50,000.00 0.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100,000.00 06 Oct 2011 297,745.27

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