A Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner Andrew Okello has been appointed the International Monetary Fund(IMF) regional advisor in charge of East and Central Africa on tax matters.
Okello landed the lucrative job last week.
He was until the appointment the Commissioner for Domestic taxes at KRA.
In his new capacity, he will advise the IMF on strategic tax matters.
Mr Okello has been credited with the major tax reforms at KRA, that saw the authority introduce various reforms, including the tax registers project.
Yesterday, KRA Commissioner General Michael Waweru described Mr Okello as a dedicated worker, whose drive for success was unparalleled.
Among the reforms that Okello has steered includes the enactment of the ETR, the Simba module 111 project, and the sealing of various loopholes through which KRA lost millions of shillings.
Okello and Commissioner of Custom Services Rose Namu made history when they became the first serving KRA staff to be appointed commissioners via competitive interviews.They were recruited by KPMG Peat Marwick, after the jobs were advertised in the media.
Previously, Commissioners were hand picked by the Office of the President, a system that has since changed.
Okello will work under the East African Regional Technical Assistance Centre charged with overseeing operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Okello, a career civil servant worked in the ministry of Finance where he served as the Assistant Director within the Fiscal and Monetary Affairs Department.
He lauded Okello for being among the key figures in designing reform programmes among other administrative measure which have propelled KRA to the current high profile organization status with unprecedented revenue yields.
“KRA wishes to thank Okello for his dedicated five years with the Authority and wishes him well in his future endeavours,” he said.
Okello holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economic) Honours Degree from the University of Nairobi, a Masters of Arts (Development Economics) from Williams College, Massachusetts (USA) and a Masters of Business Administration from Bath University (UK).
Recently KRA was admitted as an Associate Member of the prestigious Inter-American Centre of Tax Administrations (CIAT). The recognition is as result of the authority’s performance in the implementation of tax administrative measures. Other Associate Members of CIAT are Czech Republic and South Africa.
Following the admission KRA was invited to the 40th CIAT General Assembly in Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina , Brazil, which took place on April 6, 2006. Among those who attended the meeting included the Commissioner General, M. G. Waweru together with Andrew Okello, Commissioner of Domestic Taxes – Domestic Revenue.