BENEFICIARY STORIES

Making electronic trading of commodities a reality in Ethiopia

Damte Tariku has been trading coffee at the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange since 2012. He works for S. Sara Coffee Export Enterprise, a family-ran business, which exports more than 40 containers of coffee each month to Asia, Europe and America. Although S. Sara owns four coffee farms, it still needs to buy coffee from other suppliers to supplement its export volumes.

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Mauritius modernizes asset registration

The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) is responsible for the registration and storage of all asset related documents in Mauritius. This includes documents related to movable and immovable property transactions.

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Young Cape Verdeans Become Tax Citizens

To help improve the investment climate in Cape Verde, ICF partnered with the Government of Cape Verde and the African Development Bank to create a tax administration system that is simpler, more efficient and customer service oriented. This included introducing an online platform for submission and payment of taxes, creating a simplified tax regime for micro and small businesses and promoting taxpayer education.

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Rwanda collects taxes by a mouse click

Côme Nahimana used to work for the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) for five years. The role of taxation as a vehicle of economic development has always been an obvious one to him. As a former employee of RRA, operating on a manual tax system presented him with limitations in providing better services to taxpayers.

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Providing easy access to construction permits in Kigali

Like for any business owner, time for Kefa Angwenyi is money. And wasted time means wasted money – and wasted opportunities. As the Managing Director of an architectural firm called Neocracft, the ability to plan construction projects and deliver to clients on an agreed timeframe is crucial.

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Securing land rights for all in Rwanda

Anthony Hategekimana, a local businessman in Nyagatare District in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, is an enterprising man. A father of three, he runs a flour mill, a woodwork shop and cultivates fruits that he sells locally in his District, in the country's capital city Kigali, and in a major market at the Rwanda border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Tanzania’s entrepreneurs get equipped with basic business skills

Eliba Kazimzuri is an entrepreneur who is actively engaged in animal and poultry husbandry. She manages a total of 2,400 cattle, pigs, chicken and ducks, in Kibaha, Tanzania. Operating as a micro enterprise in the informal sector, Eliba was unable to secure reliable business funding to expand her business, thus failed to increase her productivity and employ more workers.

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Businesses in Kenya benefit from improved trade facilitation

The flower business is a time sensitive enterprise, as Juliana Rono, Sales and Marketing Manager at Karen Roses, can testify. One of Kenya’s major exporters of cut flowers, Karen Roses exports over 6 tons of flowers daily to Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, and United Kingdom. The perishable nature of flowers means time is of the essence for them.

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Zambians now can pay their taxes online

Andrew Karabassis is the Managing Director of Costbuild Limited, a construction company located in Ndola, Zambia. The demanding nature of his business requires him to spend a lot of time on site, leaving little time for Andrew to physically visit Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) offices for his tax matters.

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Tanzania improves the process for clearing import and export goods

Clearing goods through Customs in Tanzania was a lengthy and costly process. Systems were fragmented, documents had to be manually exchanged across a variety of organizations and agencies, and there was a general lack of coordination between regulatory agencies.

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