City in Mali updating maps to increase tax collection

City in Mali updating maps to increase tax collection

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Mali: As an agency that supports developing countries in their fight against poverty, Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) has taken an initiative to fund a mapping project for the city of Koulikoro in Mali. The overall objective of this study is to provide tools needed to improve the mobilisation of domestic financial resources in Koulikoro.

The implementation of the decentralization reform in Mali aimed at solving community issues such as financial resource mobilisation and management of taxes and duties. However, some municipalities still find it difficult to manage their annual budgets because of low tax collection. Koulikoro is one of such cities. The authorities realise that the city has enormous potential in terms of the number of taxable merchants, traders, etc. but tax recovery is low because the existing physical maps do not allow proper identification of the tax base. Streets and doors identified in 2006 have simply disappeared or are unusable. Therefore updating the physical address map is very important. This is where BTC is playing a vital role by funding the project to update the map. The authorities plan to commission an independent agency to work on this project. Maps and database from 2006 will be used for initial reference. This will be followed by field surveys. Each identified door will be assigned a number. All streets will be marked. Mailing list will be updated. All the merchants, traders and financial institutes will be identified and their information will be shared with officials involved in tax calculation and recovery. Beyond the tax issues, the project will facilitate identification of citizens and their habitats, operation of urban services such as ambulances, postal mail, taxis etc. The information will also be useful for planning actions and urban development of the city of Koulikoro.

Source: Geospatial World Tenders