A delegation of South African Revenue Service (SARS) paid a courtesy call to the Statistician General on 24th January, 2018.
The SARS delegation comprised of Dr. Tshisikhawe Munyama an executive for Trade and Industry Statistics, Ms. Boitumelo Matjane a Functional Specialist Analysis and Mr Sandile Ntoyi an Operational Specialist, International Relations.
The objective of the visit was to improve the quality of the bilateral trade statistics between the two countries and identify the reasons for discrepancies.
Explaining the objectives of their counterparts visit an official from Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS), Mr. Molemi Pule said both Botswana and South Africa have bilateral engagement.
“South Africa is our major trading partner as we do have 70% of trade with them”, Mr. Pule reiterated.
He further pointed out that they hope to have more collaboration with South Africa so that the two countries can produce credible results.
For his part the head of SARS delegation, Dr. Tshisikhawe Munyama reiterated that indeed Botswana is an important trading partner.
“Out of the first twenty countries, we chose to visit Botswana first”, he said.
He said there are a lot of issues which they will have to look at during their visit such as the issue of imports and exports, adding that their numbers don’t add up and the matter has already reached the shores of the South African parliament.
“We should try to find a solution on this matter and mirror the image of our bilateral agreement”, he said.
Dr. Munyama also said it is crucial that both Botswana and South Africa should account for any commodity which comes in and out of the two countries.
During the visit the SARS team met Statistics Botswana `s International Merchandise Trade Statistics team to discuss the compilation of IMTS and trade data asymmetries between the two countries.
The SARS delegation was in the country from 23rd to 26th January, 2018.