45006-001: Developing a Revenue Administration Management Information System | Asian Development Bank

Bhutan: Developing a Revenue Administration Management Information System

Sovereign (Public) Project | 45006-001 Status: Active

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.

Project Details

Project Officer
Akin, Cigdem South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Bhutan
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
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.
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.

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 government 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 and source code handover and transition of the operation of the RAMIS system from TCS, developer to DRC is expected to be completed by end September 2017. Training has been provided on source code and system administration. Development of customs modules was dropped from the scope of TA as per consultations with DRC and Tata Consultancy Services. Another separate TA will be sought after to develop an updated customs automation design later on.

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" output has been dropped given that it is no longer needed as per consultation with DRC.

TA completion date extended to 30 September 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.

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 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 04 Sep 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 30 Sep 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 1,012,147.86

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