Kenyan standards body orders withdrawal of 17 maize meal brands

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) on Wednesday, January 29 ordered the withdrawal of 17 brands of maize flour from the shelves after tests confirmed the brands as unfit for human consumption, with […]

Ethiopian government to review the new excise tax rate on bottled water

ETHIOPIA – The Ministry of Finance of Ethiopia is reviewing the new excise tax rate imposed on bottled water following strong resistance from water bottlers. Through their association, water bottlers strongly opposed the 15pc excise […]

Ethiopia drafts bill to amend excise tax law on alcoholic and soft beverages

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia’s Ministry of Finance has presented a bill to the Council of Ministers to amend the nation’s excise tax law in an effort to standardise taxation of alcoholic products, soft beverages and other […]

Kenya Revenue Authority introduces new excise tax on non-alcoholic beverages

KENYA – Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will be introducing new excise taxes on the non-alcoholic beverage which is expected to in turn increase the price of bottled water by an average sh.7 per litre. The […]

Nigeria to increase tax base with introduction of excise duties on soft drinks

NIGERIA – The Federal Government of Nigeria is considering placing excise duties on carbonated soft drinks in bid to broaden its revenue base. According to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab […]

Rwanda approves tax breaks on alcohol brewed using locally sourced materials

RWANDA – The government’s proposal to reduce consumption tax on alcohol beverages brewed using locally sourced raw materials has received approval from the Members of the Chamber of Deputies. The MPs passed the draft law, […]

Ghanaian lobby group proposes a waiver of excise tax on bottled water

GHANA – The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) is calling for an excise tax waiver on bottled water in the midyear budget review as it would help make companies in the sector more competitive and […]