The Commissioner of the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) Margaret Sivers is set to leave to her post.
“As with any living organism, there is one thing we are all assured of as we live and breathe: there will be change in our lives, nothing remains constant and so, after nearly five years of interacting and communicating with you as your Commissioner, this is my last message to you in the capacity as Revenue Commissioner,” she wrote.
Sivers, who had managed the transition of the various revenue collecting agencies that formally merged into the BRA on April 1, 2016, said she had been requested to return to the Ministry to finish the work she started on the implementation of the Development Plan 2000 – 2020.
“As you are aware, I would have started, in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, assisting with the implementation of its Development Plan 2000 – 2020. This included computerization of the Treasury, implementing accrual accounting, consolidation of the major revenue collecting agencies in a central revenue authority and developing a consolidated reporting framework for the Government of Barbados that included the public sector and state owned enterprises,” Sivers stated.
“You are also aware of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) Programme being implemented by the Government. I have been requested to return to the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment to assist with completing the reforms started in 2000 and the management of the reporting requirements under the BERT programme,” she added.
The outgoing BRA boss apologized to her department for the short notice in telling them of her departure, explaining that it was beyond her control as the details for the transition are still being worked on.
“As to who will be taking over the chair, the Board still has to make that decision but it is expected that this should be determined shortly,” she said.
Sivers said even though BRA was at a fledgling stage and finding its way through the reform process, she is comforted in knowing she was leaving the Authority in relatively good shape. (EJ)