Revenue collection, timber auction dominate Govt meeting

Implementation of the revenue collection and expenditure plan, the auction of wood impounded by the government, and the upgrade of wood processing plants dominated the monthly government meeting on March 15. Other hot topics tabled at the two-day meeting included the export of wood, a report on businesses that violate the law, and a draft amendment to the Electricity Law. After revenue collection targets were unmet in the past four or five years, the government urgently looked at all possible sources of revenue and clearly defined them so that the 2017 revenue target could be met. Since the revenue shortfall slowed the development process, the government took steps to fight corruption and plug the loopholes involved in revenue collection.

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