KRA praised for elec­tronic tax stamps to stop il­licit cig­a­rette

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

CTNTHIA ILAKO/ The Kenya Rev­enue Author­ity has been feted for help­ing curb il­licit to­bacco trade through the Ex­cis­able Goods Man­age­ment Sys­tem. The EGMS sys­tem uses ex­cise stamps to ver­ify prod­ucts at all lev­els of the sup­ply chain, en­abling con­sumers to ver­ify the au­then­tic­ity of prod­ucts through a quick re­sponse code smart­phone app. Dur­ing the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion on African Re­gion meet­ing in Al­giers, Al­ge­ria, on Oc­to­ber 10-13, the tax­man demon­strated how the sys­tem will de­tect il­licit and coun­ter­feit goods con­sid­ered to be harm­ful to con­sumers. In 2005, WHO in­tro­duced the Frame­work Con­ven­tion on To­bacco Con­trol, clas­si­fy­ing to­bacco as detri­men­tal.

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