Bhutan: Developing a Revenue Administration Management Information System

Sovereign Project | 45006-001 Status: Active

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 Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7881-BHU: Developing a Revenue Administration Management Information System
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 7881-BHU: Developing a Revenue Administration Management Information System (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 50,000.00
TA 7881-BHU: Developing a Revenue Administration Management Information System (Supplementary)
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 150,000.00
TA 7881-BHU: Developing a Revenue Administration Management Information System (2nd Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 450,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Public sector management - Economic affairs management - Public administration - Public expenditure and fiscal management

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)

The direct tax module went live on 1 January 2015. The sales tax module went live on 1 July 2015. Performance issues on RAMIS direct tax modules and issues related to system and ICT architecture have been resolved to a large extent and transition of the operation of the system from TCS, developer to DRC is being planned and is expected to be completed by end June 2017. Development of customs modules (phase 1 as-is) is ongoing.

Several training sessions were conducted for the DRC staff. Additional resources were provided for training of the regional officers and withholding agencies in RAMIS functionalities and applications.

Study on revenue policies and regulatory framework completed.

TA completion date extended to 31 July 2017.

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.

Stakeholder consultations and high level meetings are periodically held to ensure implementation of project milestones are on track.Project Management Unit within DRC was established. RAMIS functional consultant/project manager was recruited to support DRC and TCS team in the design of RAMIS, advice on best practice in functionalities and oversee RAMIS implementation.

On-site project manager for 10 person-months was recruited and fielded. Periodic meetings and ADB review missions are conducted to track the progress.

External system auditor was recruited and fielded to provide an independent analysis of the RAMIS system, architecture and operations.

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 Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Akin, Cigdem
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Revenue and Customs
P.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 09 Mar 2017

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 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 650,000.00 50,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 06 Oct 2011 658,790.85

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