Twenty seven (27) Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) officers graduated under the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree in Fiscal Studies at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) recently.

Speaking at a graduation party that was hosted by ZIMRA for the pioneer group of graduates on October 20 in Bulawayo, the Vice Chancellor of NUST – Prof Lindela Ndlovu – praised the symbiotic partnership between ZIMRA and NUST. “If one approaches a ZIMRA officer who is firm but friendly, then they should know that they are dealing with a NUST graduate,” he said.

ZIMRA and NUST introduced the fiscal studies degree programme in 2006 as a way of strengthening ZIMRA officers’ skills. However, the programme was opened up to the public in 2007 and to date several institutions and countries within the region have either enrolled their people or have shown an interest in the programme. The two institutions will establish the Master of Science in Fiscal Studies programme in November.

The Commissioner General (CG) of ZIMRA, Mr Gershem Pasi, highlighted that it will be a great step forward if NUST also launched an institute for fiscal studies.   “Such an institute can operate as a think tank, analysing and considering the likely effects of fiscal policy on every section of the population and making vital input into budget formulation,” said Mr Pasi.

The class representative for the pioneer group, who was coincidentally the best student and winner of the inaugural CG’s Book Prize, CG’s Trophy and CG’s Shield of Excellence - Mr Samuel Sithole - thanked ZIMRA for the support. “ZIMRA paid our tuition fees and other incidentals. There were no disruptions to lectures due to late payments,” he said.

The National University of Science and Technology held its graduation on October 22 in Bulawayo. A total of 1 166 graduates were capped by the Chancellor of the University, His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

 

Speech by ZIMRA Commissioner General