"The Revenue and Customs Authority (RCuA) has collected about 6,600 taxpayers' fingerprints in the first week of the about 70 million Br worth National Identification System (NIS) Project, launched early last week under the first round of this project and financed by the World Bank, plans to collect fingerprints from over 1.6 million people in Addis Abeba.
The project consultant that signed a contract agreement with RCuA in October 2008, Copycat Ethiopia I.T. Plc, has deployed 150 of its employees who, using the mobile registration units, collect the fingerprints that will be transferred to the RCuA's central database from every collection centre across Addis Abeba. The first person to have his fingerprints stored in the system last Tuesday is Melaku Fenta, director general of the Authority." (AddisFortune)
This is encouraging that Ethiopia is starting to take the issue of tax collection seriously. Developing countries needs revenue from its own people and creating a sensible and clean tax collection system is a great place to start.