KRA praised for electronic tax stamps to stop illicit cigarette
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.