(Ecofin Agency) - Tanzania enjoined ministries, para-public firms and other government institutions to connect to the government electronic payment Gateway (GePG) by June 30, 2019. Khatib Kazungu, the deputy permanent secretary of the ministry of finance and planning, explained that after that date no public payment or taxes would be collected out of that platform.
GePG is a platform developed by the government to facilitate payments for various government services like taxes and criminal records. The payment can be made by credit cards, bank payment, internet or mobile money. The government thus wants a uniform collection of public revenues to boost transparency, responsibilisation and efficiency in the management of public funds.
On December 12, 2018, at the launch of the 3-day yearly summit of the GePG, gathering participants from the ministry of finance and service providers of all the government’s institutions and department, Khatib Kazungu indicated that public institutions that would have not complied with the government's demands by the specified date would be sanctioned. Currently, 326 public institutions are already connected to the GePG.