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Haiti - Technology : New software for revenue management at DGI
"With 77% of Haitians living below the poverty line, DataTorque’s RMS is key to a range of initiatives that can help to make a significant difference to the country’s development potential," says Bill Chatwin, Managing Director at DataTorque.
The tax revenue project which began in February last year is part of the Haitian Government’s fiscal reforms aimed at increasing the nation’s self-sufficiency.
"By making more tax revenue available to the Government, DataTorque’s RMS enables it to invest more in its citizens and infrastructure like schools and hospitals," says Mr Chatwin. "The new system increases compliance, transparency and revenue by simplifying and streamlining the collection of domestic taxes."
"While we have worked with governments in the Caribbean before, Haiti is our first Francophone project so we have partnered with C2D Services from Montreal to deliver the programme together," says Mr Chatwin.
“Working in a French-speaking country has resulted in the build of a new translation engine for DataTorque’s software, which can now also be used elsewhere around the world [...]
DataTorque staff have enjoyed working directly with the Haitian Direction Générale des Impôts and C2D on the ground in Haiti. We have also provided support to the Haiti based team from our headquarters in Wellington, New Zealand," says Mr Chatwin.
DataTorque and C2D Services have a six-year contract with the Government of Canada to install the Revenue Management System for Haiti’s tax authority, the Direction Générale des Impôts. Global Affairs Canada provides funding for this programme and the Canada Revenue Agency provides advisory support.