News / Bulletins from the Executive Director of CATA, Duncan Onduru

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Aug062017

2017 CATA Conference, Accra, Ghana, 6 to 10 November

Online registrations are now being accepted for this year's Conference.  Full background information and hyperlinks to enable delegates to both register for the Conference and book accommodation in Accra may be found in the following documents:

Invitation letter 

Information note

Kindly note that hotel accommodation should be booked as early as possible and at the latest by 18th September 2017.

Conference web site

Wednesday
Jul262017

Pilot program on “Cooperative Compliance” taking root

A pilot program on Cooperative Compliance that started some two years ago is showing good progress as more countries express their interest in participating. The program, which is being led by the Global Tax Centre (GTPC) at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, aims to foster a more cooperative engagement between tax authorities and taxpayers in a bid to boost voluntary compliance and minimize tax disputes. In furtherance of this objective, the GTPC in collaboration with CATA held a consultative workshop on 10th and 11th July in Accra Ghana that brought together diverse stakeholders to explore best options of realising the pilot program. Ghana Revenue Authority signalled their interest in participating and other CATA member countries are expected to follow suit.

Report on the workshop

 

Friday
Jul212017

Cameroon ready to implement BEPS initiatives

Cameroon has joined the growing list of CATA members who have signed up to the Multilateral Convention that will assist in countering Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) through enactment of appropriate Tax Treaty provisions. Cameroon becomes the 70th jurisdiction to join the Multilateral Convention (MLI) this July. Other CATA members who have since signed the Convention include Canada, Cyprus, Fiji, India, Isle of Man, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Full information

Friday
Jun232017

OECD launches New Africa Tax Academy

On 13 June at the G20 Africa Partnership conference in Berlin, the OECD, along with Kenya, Italy, and Germany, launched the pilot Africa Academy Programme for Tax and Financial Investigation. The program "seeks to strengthen the capacity of tax and financial crime investigations in tackling illicit financial flows."

The formal launch of the Academy will take place in Nairobi Kenya on the 26th June 2017.

Full information

Friday
Jun232017

ITIC shakes off ties to tobacco firms

The International Tax and Investment Centre (ITIC) Board has adopted a resolution to immediately sever links with tobacco companies. In a resolution of a special committee of the Board, ITIC resolved that it will no longer accept sponsorship from tobacco companies. Further, no representative from tobacco firms will serve on its Board. According to

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Monday
Jun192017

2017 CATA Conference, Accra, Ghana, 6 to 10 November

Arrangements for this year's Conference in Accra, Ghana, are now being finalised.  The Conference will be hosted at the Movenpick Hotel.  The theme of the Conference will be "Leveraging Technology to enhance Revenue Administration".  Discussion will be developed under two sub topics: (1) Facilitating, monitoring and enabling compliance through technology. (2) Equipping staff with skills to deliver in an increasingly digital environment.

 

Full information will be published as soon as it is available.  This will include details of how to register for the Conference.  In the meantime the Secretariat would appreciate the early preparation and submission of Country Background Papers on the Conference theme.  A Gmail requesting these which contains guidance on their completion was issued to all CATA Country Representatives and Correspondents on 19 June.