The United Bank for Africa (UBA) has entered into a partnership of “Proof of Concept Agreement with the Liberia Revenue Authority,” Lonestar Cell MTN and Orange Liberia for use of mobile money to pay taxes to Government of Liberia.The agreement was signed yesterday .The purpose of the agreement is to execute a pilot project for collection of taxes and fees on behalf of the Government of Liberia through the use of existing mobile money platforms with the Telecommunication Companies and UBA as the sole collecting bank.According to the agreement, UBA is to ensure the timely transfer of funds from the Telecom Partner’s account with timely remittance of funds from the Transitory Account to the General Revenue Account at the CBL.The telecommunications partners are expected to create an application platform, which will be used by the bank to collect the taxes.UBA’s Managing Director Olalekan Balogun, signing on behalf of the bank, considered the agreement as a step forward for the tax collection system of the Government, as UBA is prepared to fully fulfill its part of the agreement.Balogun called on taxpayers to explore the system when it goes live and embrace the new form of tax collection.UBA said the bank is focused on leading the digital banking sector in Liberia by bringing efficiency in the payment system and conveniences to customers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Kashi Dhaam, on the West Coast Demerara, is a sacred site on the Ruimzeigt foreshore where a crematorium and supporting facilities were created over 12 years ago by the Ramroop Foundation. Over the years, the Foundation has maintained the institution in an immaculate condition with a full-time staff to ensure that the last rites for those who desire to be cremated are conducted in a dignified atmosphere. Last month, a completely new bridge was constructed to replace the former structure which had become worn under the elements.“Kashi Dhaam” alludes to the famous Ghats in Kashi (Benares or Varansi) along the sacred River Ganga, where Hindus are cremated in the city dedicated to Lord Shiva, and where they believe they will attain liberation (Mosksa) after having died there. In Guyana, however, individuals of all or no faiths are allowed to be cremated at Kashi Dhaam, with the only stipulation that alcohol be not consumed on the premises.The location at Ruimzeigt had been used for cremations ever since the ancient method was permitted by the authorities in 1956, after being previously prohibited since Indians immigrants arrived in 1938. However, it was very difficult for the mourners maintain a dignified ceremony in the prevailing muddy conditions – specially to cross the canal from the public road to the site on the Atlantic Ocean. The Ramroop Foundation was formed, and with no fanfare constructed Kashi Dhaam.In addition to the concreted pathway to open brick-paved ground that can accommodate four cremations simultaneously, there is a large adjoining structure that offers several hundred visitors cover from the elements.