Agriculture capacity building & training for Liberia Revenue Authority's NRTS
Description of project
The general objective of this assignment was to hire an Individual Consultant to build the Capacity of the Natural Resource Tax Section, particularly in the Agriculture sector. The Specific Objectives were as follows: To examine the overall macro-economic environment of the agriculture in Liberia. This involved analyzing the socio-economic setting and national development strategic framework and the external factors affecting the sector performance. The analysis also looked into the contribution of the Sector to GDP and employment across the agriculture value chain and made policy recommendations. To analyze the current agriculture industry situation in the global market, market trends and possible implications on maximization of tax revenue for Liberia; To analyze the industry situation in Liberia taking into consideration the agriculture production trends; production actors and the value chain system; To analyze and identify various policy constraints including the overall business environment, current business regulatory framework, Investment incentives for SMEs, farming practices and constraints, processing technologies, affecting the value chain actors ranging from farmers, traders, processors and exporters in the industry and make policy recommendations; To review the existing agriculture sector related support institutions, organizations and national consultative mechanisms, identify gaps and make policy recommendations; To provide knowledge and skills in the development of a fiscal regime for the taxation of the informal agriculture sector. To provide an overview of the Liberian Agriculture Industry, particularly the Artisanal Small Scale Agriculture sector. To train and build the skills of staff of the Natural Resource Tax Section in basic concepts of the Artisanal Small Scale Agriculture sector. This training introduced concepts and ideas on how to tax these sub-sectors. To equip participants with advanced skills regarding the agriculture sector and how Liberia could exercise its taxing rights along the value chain of the Artisanal Small Scale Agriculture sector.
The main objectives of this project included, among others:
(i) Review overall macro-economic environment of the agriculture in Liberia
(ii) Analyze agro-industrial situation in the global market and its trends
(iii) Review current policy and give recommendations in fiscal regime
(iv) Identify gaps and make policy recommendations
(v) Train and build of selected Natural Resources Tax Section (NRTS) staff in taxing the value chain of Artisanal Small Scale Agriculture sector.