The Commissioner General of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA), Mr Gershem T Pasi, won the Zimbabwe Institute of Management (ZIM) 2009 Manager of the Year Award as first runner-up in the public sector category, at a colourful ceremony that was graced by Vice President Joice Mujuru.

Mr Pasi said the award is a clear testimony of the hard work invested by the ZIMRA family in carrying out the mandate of the Authority. He commended all members of the ZIMRA family for contributing meaningfully towards the work of the Authority, which resulted in the winning of the latest award.

In its citation, the Zimbabwe Institute of Management highlighted that the ZIMRA boss “has made unquestionable contribution to managerial excellence even under volatile business environments thereby becoming a source of inspiration to many public and private sector managers, not only within Zimbabwe and the African continent but also to revenue administrators throughout the world.”

Mr Pasi has won the ZIM Manager of the Year Award twice before – in 2004 and 2006 – and the latest award comes at a time the Authority has made big strides in improving convenience to its clients through various client-centric strategies that include opening up of revenue accounts with banks, new stations and a large taxpayers’ office as well as migrating from ASYCUDA++ to ASYCUDA World. ZIMRA has also courted the confidence of policy makers who tasked it with the implementation of the nationwide Road Toll Project which the Authority successfully introduced on Zimbabwe’s major roads on August 18, 2009 after swiftly mobilising the construction of rudimentary structures.

ZIMRA was also endowed - with effect from January 1, 2010 - with the task of managing diamond and gold mining royalties and the Motor Insurance Pool of Zimbabwe - in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development – appointed the Authority as the sole agent for the issuing of Road Traffic Act insurance policies and collecting premiums thereon for all foreign registered vehicles entering Zimbabwe and foreign destined vehicles with effect from March 1, 2010.

Mr Pasi has also been honoured by other institutions and associations for his outstanding leadership acumen. For instance, in July 2009 he received a Taxation Lifetime Achiever Award from the Institute of Certified Tax Accountants for his contribution to the taxation fraternity of Zimbabwe over the years.