The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has increased its revenue collection at Kasumbalesa border post by over 50 per cent.
And Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has commended ZRA management for adequately tackling the problem of resource misdirection which he said was almost at zero.
ZRA Commissioner General Berlin Msiska said the authority collected K395 million against a target of K260 million in 2012 which translated into a 52.09 per cent increment in revenue collection.
Mr Msiska said this when Mr Chikwanda, who was accompanied by members of the ZRA Governing Board and senior ZRA officials, visited the border during the commissioning of the ZRA housing project consisting of five by two semi-detached houses.
Mr Msiska said ZRA had already collected K276 million in the first quarter of 2013 against a set target of K203 million.
This was in comparison to the K178 million which was collected during the first quarter of 2012 and translated into a 35.07 per cent revenue collection increment between the first half of 2012 and that of 2013.
He attributed the increment in revenue collection to the installation of state-of-the-art border facility that was equipped with an electronic traffic management system built to ease congestion of people and goods at the border.
He informed Mr Chikwanda that in 2009, the Zambian Government entered into a concession agreement under the Private Public Partnership (PPP) programme to design, construct and operate the new border facility at Kasumbalesa.
He said following the termination of the concession agreement in 2012, ZRA – which was mandated to take over all border operations, had managed the transition smoothly and was currently collecting an average of K8 million per month in border crossing fees.
He said Kasumbalesa was the busiest transit border in Zambia which handled an average of 500 to 600 trucks per day, followed by Nakonde and Chirundu respectively.
Mr Chikwanda said it was commendable that the ZRA management had ceated a culture of commitment to duty among its staff which was not found most other Government institutions.
He said although there could be a few cases of human frailties among ZRA staff, the authority had generally reduced resource misdirection to almost zero.
He applauded the ZRA for creating initiatives aimed at improving service delivery and said the Government would continue to support such efforts since the ZRA, being a nerve centre for the economy, played a critical role in the development of the country.