Tax reform: how to give 'the gift that keeps on giving'
After nearly 12 years of civil war, the Burundi government has begun to rebuild its economy, and has made revenue collection a priority. Kieran Holmes, head of the country's new revenue authority, shares his strategy for building a transparent and sustainable institution.
Countries with few resources need to mobilise tax revenue
Pamella Sittoni spoke to Kieran Holmes, the Commissioner General, Office Burundais des Recettes — Burundi’s revenue authority— on how he cracked down on tax avoidance and changed mindsets in a country still coming to terms with the rule of law after the 2008 civil war.
Expat taxman gets the cash flowing into Burundi's coffers
When Kieran Holmes was appointed to overhaul Burundi's corrupt tax system, he set exams for more than 2,000 job applicants and his team marked the papers in his basement: he was determined the process would be squeaky clean.
Bodyguards Flank Burundi Taxman as AK-47s Back Revenue Doubling
The instant Kieran Holmes looks like he’s about to go anywhere in Burundi, four security guards clad in blue camouflage and aviator sunglasses and brandishing AK-47 assault rifles spring into action.