On November 30th 2017, AIMS signed an important five year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) that would see collaboration on internship, employment opportunities, and academic research applied to optimize Rwanda’s customs and tax administration. Particularly, AIMS would support RRA with specific skills in tax modelling, operational research, financial mathematics, climate and environmental science, big data, computer security, encryption, monitoring, evaluation and data analytics.
The RRA is undergoing a data science – driven institutional transformation. The nature of RRA’s work in this new digital world requires innovative and cross-disciplinary thinking to sustain operations. Considering the focus of the Institution, RRA is planning to establish a data science unit and develop Big Data related initiatives. The shortage of skills in data science creates an opportunity to partner with specialized institutions, in order to address the skills gap and leverage the use of data analysis to improve the making decision process.
“We are excited to work with Rwanda Revenue Authority to close an existing gap in data science and big data research they need to catalyse the tax system. It is important for our students and alumni to have the opportunity to work on real challenges requiring multidisciplinary collaborations and problem solving. This is our strength and it will benefit RRA and the country. This is a win-win for us,” said Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of AIMS.”
RRA will provide AIMS access to facilities, datasets and other tools needed for the purpose of research and specialized training programs in accordance with the legal framework and procedures related to data access. As well, RRA will contribute to the design of specific courses within the Cooperative Education (Co-op) program at AIMS. This collaboration will allow both institutions to work on a new certification program in order to respond to today and tomorrow’s tax department needs in terms of human resources expertise.