L-R: June Chiaka Levi-Oguike, Interim Executive Chairman, Imo State Internal Revenue Service; Aisha Obomoghie, Executive Secretary, Joint Tax Board; Chinyere Don-Okhuofu, Managing Director, Industry Ecosystems, Interswitch and Osasere Atohengbe, Group Head, Government and Social Services, Interswitch at the Nigeria Revenue Summit event held on Thursday, September 14, 2023 in Abuja.
Interswitch, one of Africa’s leading integrated payments and digital commerce companies, hosted tax administrators and other relevant stakeholders from across the nation to engage in in-depth discussions on revenue collection and generation within the context of digitalization. The engagement took place at the just concluded Nigerian Revenue Summit themed, ‘Digital Payment as a Catalyst for Revenue Growth’, in Abuja, Nigeria.
L-R: Mako Sylvester, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Appmart Integrated Limited; Seyi Ogunseye, Adviser on Revenue Assurance, Economic and Technical Matters to the Ogun State Governor; Dr. Zaid Abubakar, Former Executive Chairman, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service; Peter Ritchie; General Manager, GIS/Transport Nigeria; Isaac Chimereze Okoro, Special Adviser on Internally Generated Revenue to the Abia State Governor and Osasere Atohengbe, Group Head, Government and Social Services, Interswitch at the Nigeria Revenue Summit event held on Thursday, September 14, 2023 in Abuja.
The summit’s focus on the pivotal role of digitalization in Nigeria’s emerging economy drove significant discourse around the topic of fortifying the country’s fiscal landscape.
This year’s edition expanded its reach and inclusivity with a focus on empowering state tax administrators to seamlessly integrate their existing systems with Interswitch’s cutting-edge technology infrastructure.
Delivering her welcome address, Chinyere Don-Okhuofu, Managing Director, Industry Ecosystems (Interswitch Indeco) said the firm is playing a pivotal role in driving the growth of revenue collection and generation in Nigeria by providing innovative and secure payment solutions that enable efficient transactions and increase government and business revenue streams.
She said “At Interswitch, we are all about innovation and solutions, and we recognize that digitalization is a key indicator of a country’s economic advancement. That is why our commitment to innovation never stops. We are driving seamless revenue collection of tax with our revolutionary solutions, each designed to redefine traditional paradigms”.
Don-Okhuofu further said “Our recognition and vested support in businesses in the informal sector have inspired the creation of a series of products that help with automated enumeration, provide diverse payment channels, and a platform that gives a more centralized payment view, in the Nigerian Revenue system.”
In accordance with this approach, Aisha Obomoghie, Executive Secretary, Joint Tax Board, said it is imperative for stakeholders from the public and private sectors, taxpayers, and financial institutions to collaborate to create an ecosystem that encourages and facilitates digital tax payments.
She revealed that the Joint Tax Board is set to maximize tax revenue collection with the technical expertise of partners like Interswitch to ensure optimal collection of tax.
One of the summit’s highlights was an insightful panel discussion featuring tax experts. This session provided a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the intricate web of digital payment strategies, revenue growth prospects, and collaborative measures ultimately aimed at strengthening the nation’s financial landscape.
At the summit, attendees were exposed to a wide array of innovative products by Interswitch, designed to facilitate seamless and convenient state revenue collection. The showcase also featured products and solutions crafted to streamline organizational processes, further demonstrating Interswitch’s commitment to enhancing efficiency and effectiveness.
The summit’s success underscores Interswitch’s dedication to forming strategic collaborations and providing the essential technological ingredients for growth, solidifying its position as a catalyst for ecosystem development.