US advocates reforms in Mozambique business environment
Mozambique and Zimbabwe’s revenue authorities have agreed to strengthen cooperation in various customs areas such as training and institutional capacity building.To this end, the Director-General of the Customs of Mozambique, Aly Malá, and the Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Tax Authority (ZIMRA), Happias Kuzvinwa, signed a memorandum of understanding late on Friday, establishing mutual and administrative assistance to ensure better customs control at the main borders between the two countries.
According to a statement to APA on Saturday, at the event to formalize the deal in Machipanda, in Mozambique’s central Manica province, Aly Malá said that in the light of the memorandum several cooperation actions will be carried out, including information exchange and field investigations, allowing the achievement of results conducive to improving the quality of services provided to citizens.
Malá also said that the memorandum will strengthen bilateral cooperation on matters of interest to both countries, in the areas of internal taxes and foreign trade, especially training, institutional capacity building, modernization of tax administrations, technical assistance, among other aspects of public interest.
“The act that we have just carried out is part of one of the concrete actions represented by our role in implementing actions that better serve the population and stimulate the empowerment of entrepreneurs,” the director explained, adding that, therefore, the two countries have decided to initiate the agreement that will contribute to legitimate trade and to bring Mozambique and Zimbabwe closer together.
Trade, from the point of view of the parties, takes place more easily and, to that end, it is important that there is direct communication between the parties on the basis of which they have made the memorandum of understanding.
Zimbabwe Tax Authority Commissioner-General Happia Kuzvinwa said the act would cement relations between the two countries with the aim of increasing and improving travel facilitation and creating a cooperation platform to facilitate commercial exchanges.
“We are happy because we have managed to initiate the document that we believe will strengthen our relations in all areas. We want the employees of the two administrations to work together and bring good results for both parties, “Kuzvinga said.
According to the official, in the past the parties had cooperated, but the document now initialized opens up more space and, in Kuzvinwa’s view, will greatly improve the institutional communication.
This year, International Customs Day, (26 January was celebrated under the motto “A Safe Business Environment for Economic Development”.
In Mozambique, the central ceremonies were held at Machipanda border post linking the country and Zimbabwe.Source: APA
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