Uganda Revenue Authority’s (URA) Assistant Commissioner- IT James Kizza has been recognised and awarded as the best Chief Information Officer of the year 2019 in East Africa.
Kiiza was awarded during the Regional CIO 100 East Africa Summit and Awards that took place last week from 21th to 22nd November 2019 in Naivasha Kenya under the theme; “Harness the Power of Automation.
The long serving URA employee was awarded for his crucial role in the digital transformation and development of Uganda’s tax body.
URA has digitalized most of their systems like payment systems, registration and licensing, and tracking of goods. All these are aimed at improving customer services and easing revenue mobilisation. Currently URA has 96% of its systems digitalised.
Recently, the body also introduced Digital Tax Stamps, Electronic Invoicing – Electronic fiscal devices, Nonintrusive Inspection together with smart gates to better manage services at the borders and improve client experience from await time. This is in addition to Electronic cargo tracking system that was launched years back.
While receiving his award from Kenya’s ICT Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru, Kizza said he was thrilled to be recognized for his role in shaping URA’s digital journey and promised to achieve 100% digitalisation for all URA systems soon.
URA was also recognized as the most innovative institution in East Africa.