Mr. Fred Charles Anson - Commissioner, Support Services Division (SSD)
PROFILE OF MR. FRED CHARLES ANSON – COMMISSIONER, SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION (SSD)
Mr. Fred Charles Anson is an Old Achimotan, belongs to the 1983 Year Group, attended the University of Ghana, Legon where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics with a 2nd Class Upper Honours in 1989 and finished his Master of Arts (M. A.) in International Affairs in 1991.
He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIT), and also Chartered Institute of Management (CIM). He did obtain at University of Ghana, Legon in the 1988/89 Academic Year, the Prestigious University of Ghana Academic Board Award.
Mr. Fred Charles Anson has a wealth of experience covering the Banking, Aviation and Petroleum Marketing sectors. Prior to joining GRA, he was the Deputy Manager in charge Administration at First Atlantic Merchant Bank (FAMB) from March, 2006 to October, 2008. He had previously headed the Contracting and Procurement Unit of Shell Ghana (1998 - 2000)
Fred Charles Anson joined the GRA in October 2008 and has headed the following units:
• Revenue Protection Unit (RPU)
• Monitoring and Control Unit (M&C)
• Risk Management Unit (RMU).
He has had attachments with worldwide reputable Revenue Administrations such as:
• Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
• Dubai Customs (DC & DCW)
• Belastingdienst (Dutch Tax and Customs); among others.
Courses attended include:
• Governance, Risk and Assurance
• Procurement Audit and Control.
• Risk Modeling, Quantification of Index Leveraging; Risk Response Strategies; Risk Intelligence Systems and Vulnerability Analysis
• Risk Interaction Mapping Management, Risk Matrix, and Risk Data Intelligence Models and Management
• Tax and Corporate Support Services Control Framework
• Customs Control Frameworks, Global Organization, Instrument Analysis Tools and Risk Measurement
• Revenue Risk/Compliance Strategies and Management, Critique of the WCO PTC Work Program and Mining Risk Management Development and Analysis.
• Pre-Clearance Manifest Management
• COSO Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Risk Register Management and Talent Development.
• Human Capital Risk Management, Blue Ocean Strategies and Value Chain Risk Management
• Effective Budgets and Cost Control
• Performance Management and Appraisal System
• Best Practices in Procurement and Stores Management
• Procurement Audit and Control
• Balanced Score Card
• Fraud Risk, IT Risk, Offshore License Risk and Enterprise Risk Management
• Managing Risk in Procurement
• HR Data Intelligence
• Financial Risk Management Framework for Exports, Chamber of Commerce; Export Risk Analysis, INCOTERMS (2010); Customs, Export and Supply Chain Legal Framework and Compliance; Oil and Gas Risk Management and Assessment.
• Information Governance, Export Trade Risk Management of Aviation / Maintaining Risk Indicators of Management
In tandem with GRA’s vision to be a World Class Revenue Administration recognized for professionalism, integrity and excellence, Mr. Fred Charles Anson has a vision to be a Commissioner celebrated for raising a new era of patriotic, ethical and technologically inclined staff who meet the standard of the modern day digitized world. He aims to achieve this through:
• The employment of Digitization in GRA’s administrative procedures and processes to facilitate taxpayer transactions.
• Promotion of local and foreign training of staff on equal basis to build their capacity.
• Promotion of avenues for knowledge sharing and instituting channels for conflict/complaints resolution as well as managing talents within the Authority through effective succession planning.
Mr. Fred Charles Anson believes the Vision of the Authority should be an embodiment on the following principles and ideologies:
• To uphold the integrity of Taxation and Customs functions of national government
• To ensure efficiency and effectiveness of Revenue Collection and Protection
• To ensure a balanced policy in tax contributions by companies and individuals to the national revenue
• To maintain a robust national taxation policy in the face of a changing and uncertain economic and political world
• To justly serve the national taxation need
• To defend the national economic sovereignty of the nation.
• The need for the effective use of human resources in Custom and Tax Management
• The need to maintain a balanced level of human resources
• The need for efficiency in terms of the use of IT and electronics in Custom and Tax Management
• The need for security in Customs, Excise and Tax Management i.e. protection of databases and frontier management
His vision for GRA (Support Services Division) departments under his supervision will be that a use of a common Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. He seeks to successfully implement the roll out of SAP Hana Business suite specifically the SAP S/4Hana in 2019. With the various modules such as Finance, Human Resource Management, Asset Management, Procurement integrated into SAP S/4Hana, this will help streamline the activities of all departments under Support Services Division and provide a common platform for reporting activities undertaken by these departments.
Mr. Fred Charles Anson is a firm believer of Credible Enforcement, which is an integral part of any Compliance Management Strategy as it acts not only to deter tax evasion but also serves to remind taxpayers that GRA is working to maintain the fairness of the tax system by ensuring that all pay their fair share. GRA carries out various verification and enforcement activities regarding all taxes administered including commodity taxes and income tax. For individual returns, these activities range from the identification of non-filers and non-registrants, to initial assessment of returns by matching information and assessing risk, to post assessment reviews of higher risk files, to periodic reviews of deductions and credits, to special projects. They also include audits of the self-employed and unincorporated businesses and investigative and other measures to fight tax evasion. Risk assessment is an integral part of responsible enforcement. GRA should monitor trends in revenues, examine compliance patterns, conduct studies of the factors affecting compliance including the impact of education and program redesign, to mention a few. This will enable GRA to ensure the effective use of limited resources by directing enforcement to the areas of highest risk.
He is a disciplinarian, a goal-getter, has a passion for Risk and Intelligence Assessment/Management, Research/Analytics, Algorithm Development and Management, and Corporate Governance to facilitate effective, entrepreneurial and prudent management that can deliver the long term success of the Authority.
The guiding principles ought to be:
• Shared Values
• Organizational Style
• Staff skills.
He is a strong advocate that Risk Governance focus is the way to go and recommends for staff intensive training on:
• ISO 31,000 (Risk Management)
• ISO 26,000 (Governance)
• ISO 38,500 (IT Governance)
• ISO 37,000 (Anti-Bribery: Compliance)
• ISO 9,000
• ISAE 3,000 (Quality Assurance)
He is married to Ruth Naa Akushia Anson, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Credit Mall, a subsidiary of the Teachers’ Fund. They have two (2) children; Constance Awurabena and Fredrich Agyare.