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














Fundamental reforms proposed for the Workshop on the Taxation of International Transactions

(Scenes from the 2017 TOIT which ran between 7 - 25 August)

This year marked an important milestone in the development of the capacity building programme for CATA as the final edition of the Workshop on Taxation of International Transactions (TOIT) concluded on 25 August 2017. After 21 years of successfully running and benefitting many of our CATA members, next year, a new edition of TOIT will be introduced.

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OECD issues further guidance on Country by Country Reporting

As part of the on-going work under BEPS Action 13, the OECD Inclusive Framework has released further guidance on “Country by Country Reporting” (CbC) for the Multinational enterprises. CbC Reporting is one of the key BEPS Actions expected to enhance transparency in tax reporting (including value creation and reporting) and tackling transfer pricing challenges related to appropriate profit allocation between jurisdictions.

Full information


Nine CATA members join the United Nations Committee of Tax Experts


The UN Secretary General has appointed 25 member countries to serve in the UN Committee of Experts in International Taxation. Among the 25 are 9 CATA members- Canada, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore and Zambia.

The Executive Director wishes to congratulate the appointed tax officials and urge them to continue working for an all-inclusive international tax system that particularly addresses the challenges of the developing countries.

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Workshop on “Modern Techniques of Investigation and Intelligence Gathering”

This high level workshop, held from 22nd August to 24th August at the National Academy of Direct Taxes in Nagpur, India, was well received by the 29 senior tax officials who attended.  CATA, as a co-sponsor, extends its thanks to the Indian Government and the National Academy of Direct Taxes for hosting and facilitating this very successful event. (Photo: delegates with NADT staff and CATA's Executive Director).

Full report on the Workshop by the Executive Director


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


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