Govt looking to complete customs transition to BRA

The long-awaited transition of the Customs & Excise Department into the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) is close at hand.

Without giving a specific date, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler reported this morning that Government was in the process of dealing with outstanding appointments for customs officers, while emphasizing that the BRA merger must be completed as soon as possible.

Following the signing of a $30 million loan agreement with the Latin American Development Bank for a Tax Administration Infrastructure Reform Programme, Sinckler also said an amendment is to be made to the Pensions Act to address the concerns of the officers.

“I believe the staff of the Auditor General’s Office, the Accountant General, Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of the Civil Service and PAD [Personnel Administration Division] have come to a conclusion [on] how to deal with that to ensure those persons who transition are not disaffected in terms of their full pension rights,” he said.

Since April 2015 Government has been seeking to absorb the operations of customs into the central revenue authority. However that move has been fraught with delays, with unionized customs officers insisting that the two contentious matters be settled ahead of the planned merger.

7 Responses to Govt looking to complete customs transition to BRA

  1. Tony Webster November 18, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I like it…..tired and weary …and very much poorer…of the MTFP…the NSRL…”temporary” VAT hikes…Solid waist…Sorry Waste Levy …liquid waste…( check Worthing) etc etc…here comes Really Big One….for a mere $30M…the T.A.I.R.P. : Transformational Accretions of Insipid Repulsive Posturing.

    It’s a winner folks…jes’ hold bref….it’s just around the corner. At least the F/X reserves will get a li’l intravenous uptick…though we have to pay back such F/X loans…in F/X…and wid interest…also in F/X.

    BTW: Nation folks need to ask these Hon. gentlemen, to always denote the currency of ANY big-mout loan: is this BB$30M; US$15M, or US$30M? It matters.

  2. luther thorne November 18, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Wait a minute ! This was supposed to be happened sometime ago. Seems as though they placed the cart before the horse . These people are jokers: they do not know what they are doing. They have not got a clue. Barbados is now in a spiral of Ignorance that has given the advantage to people who are corrupt and fradulent and I am not talking about Politicians. I mean some unscrupulous so-called business people or people involved in business who poke out your eye and continue to defraud the Treasury at the same time. But because the government agencies mentioned are headed by people who are barely doing enough to draw a salary and who do not really care about doing what is right but only doing enough to make it to pay day every month. For example You mean to tell me that they are now seeing that Pensions would be an issue. So now you must engage aboùt 3 to 4 different Ministries. We know how difficult it is to get coordination within one Ministry itself and here you have more than one Ministry trying to get coordination. I can see this taking forever. Meanwhile unscrupulous business people are taking advantage of the chaotic situation and uncertainty among the workers who cannot settle down and focus because of the distraction of the poorly managed situation. What will happen under a new government ?

  3. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray November 18, 2017 at 11:35 am

    You was saying so for the 8 years.

  4. Tony Webster November 18, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Sorry, Nation….BT gotta carry the can..

  5. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne November 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Once again his face is the face of evil.

  6. Caswell Franklyn November 18, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    However that move has been fraught with delays, with unionized customs officers insisting that the two contentious matters be settled ahead of the planned merger.

    Where did you get the above information? It is absolutely untrue. Customs officers are not interested in transitioning to the BRA. Every time public service departments are converted to statutory boards or companies under the Companies Act, the workers are disadvantaged. QEH and the airport are classic examples.

    This administration was not elected to destroy the Public Service. Let them put their plans before the electorate.

    • mervin Kellman November 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Sinckler lies to Barbadians yet again. He knows full well that a conclusion in this matter is not in sight


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