The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA).
The MoU in part is set to improve the service delivery of both bodies and help foster their respective mandates particularly on matters concerning; Customs clearance of postal and courier items; type approval of customs controlled electronic communications equipment; as well as tax compliance by communications operators.
on its part MACRA stated that the MoU will help the authority implement its mandate particularly in terms of monitoring the quality of telecommunication equipment entering the country.
MACRA noted with concern that a lot of the telecommunication equipment which is currently in use in the country including mobile phones, laptops and tablets are not up to the local and international standards. Sections 6(2), 95 and 96 of the Communications Act of 2016 mandates the authority to type approve electronic equipment for use in Malawi.
The MoU will help MACRA monitor the quality of telecommunication equipment entering the country to ensure they meet the required standards.
The MoU is also set to improve the quality of services in the postal sector more so in terms of tax clearance of postal and courier items to ensure tax compliance as well as combat some malpractices taking place in the sector including smuggling of drugs, money laundering, importing of counterfeit goods as well as other contraband.
On its part MRA stated that the MoU will help the body with efficiency in the way it collects taxes. MRA plans on integrating its tax collection system with the physical addressing system which MACRA has developed to help in the collection of tax and revenue in the country.
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