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DataTorque Tax Management System Goes Live in Haiti

DataTorque Tax Management System Goes Live in Haiti

New Zealand technology business DataTorque has delivered its Revenue Management System (RMS) to help the Government of Haiti improve the livelihoods of its 10 million citizens.

“With 77% of Haitians living below the poverty line, DataTorque’s RMS is key to a range of initiatives that can help to make a significant difference to the country’s development potential,” says Bill Chatwin, Managing Director at DataTorque.

The tax revenue project which began in February last year is part of the Haitian Government’s fiscal reforms aimed at increasing the nation’s self-sufficiency.

“By making more tax revenue available to the Government, DataTorque’s RMS enables it to invest more in its citizens and infrastructure like schools and hospitals,” says Mr Chatwin. “The new system increases compliance, transparency and revenue by simplifying and streamlining the collection of domestic taxes.”

As Haiti is recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake and the hurricane which hit in October last year, DataTorque is pleased to have this opportunity to help the country’s economy advance and to continue to develop innovative approaches for its clients.

“While we have worked with governments in the Caribbean before, Haiti is our first Francophone project so we have partnered with C2D Services from Montreal to deliver the programme together,” says Mr Chatwin.

“Working in a French-speaking country has resulted in the build of a new translation engine for DataTorque’s software, which can now also be used elsewhere around the world,” he says.

“DataTorque staff have enjoyed working directly with the Haitian Direction Générale des Impôts and C2D on the ground in Haiti. We have also provided support to the Haiti based team from our headquarters in Wellington, New Zealand,” says Mr Chatwin.

“We’re delighted to have had the first stage of the project delivered quickly, just nine months after kick off,” he says.

DataTorque and C2D Services have a six-year contract with the Government of Canada to install the Revenue Management System for Haiti’s tax authority, the Direction Générale des Impôts. Global Affairs Canada provides funding for this programme and the Canada Revenue Agency provides advisory support.

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