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County governments are benefitting from transformational use of innovative technologies to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in public service delivery, the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) has said. County governments revenue collection in the 2015-16 financial year increased by 3.5 per cent to Ksh 35.02 billion.

 

The Commission on Revenue Allocation has been working with all 47 Counties to help them in their development and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to increase their both their revenue collection and accountability in the management of their resources.

“We’re beginning to realize the innovative use of ICT is solidly contributing to effectively manage revenue collection while at the same time sealing revenue leakages and address other gaps in the devolved county governments,” says Micah Cheserem, CRA Chairman as the commission prepares to hold the annual County Revenue Automation Conference this week .

CRA is mandated to working with County Governments to put in place policy and legislative frameworks to enable them to collect revenue; and to widen their sources of revenue and automate revenue collection.

The Commission last year hosted a conference for county executive committee members of Finance and ICT, directors of revenue and the implementers of revenue management in counties.

‘’We came up with key recommendations to county governments to put in place policy and legislative frameworks to enable them to collect revenue; and to enhance their sources of revenue which have been working throughout 2016 and that is why we’re here to review and learn from best practices. Several counties have devised very efficient systems with the help of CRA, National Treasury and other stakeholders, and it is important for each county to be at par with the progress,’’ said Cheserem.

The objectives of this year’s conference will be to deliberate on data driven decision making for own revenue enhancement and discuss the procurement process of ICT systems and hardware in the Public Sector.

The conference will also assess the status and impact of integrated revenue management systems in devolved governments, innovation in public services and challenges and opportunities, security, audit and control of financial management systems in the public sector.

‘’We expect to identify ways to seal revenue leakages to bring out the benefits of collaborative shared ICT systems services within and outside the county government for cost effective service delivery,’’ said CRA Chairman Micah Cheserem.

This year’s conference will be held in partnership with the ICT Authority and will be opened by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of ICT Joe Mucheru. A host of Government leaders, Governors and Senators will attend the conference.

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