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














Welcome Message to all 2016 ALP and CTAC delegates

Many would scarcely believe that the two programs- Achieving Leadership Potential (ALP) and the Commonwealth Tax Auditors Course (CTAC) have been running since 1983. Of course significant changes have occurred over the years and some landmark achievements registered, yet these programs remain as relevant today as they were over three decades ago.

This relevance is underpinned by the fact that each year we do a horizon scan on the tax landscape to pick out emerging and trending issues that tax administrations confront. In this way we ensure that each curriculum is properly aligned to reflect and target these emerging issues.

The year 2016 is particularly exciting

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CATA Management Committee meets in London


The 2016 biannual meeting of the Management Committee took place at Marlborough House, London from the 12th to 13th April. The Committee reviewed, among other things, the current CATA Strategic Plan that comes to an end this year and appointed a sub-committee to embark on work for the next Strategic Plan. It also received a status report of the membership outreach programs and other capacity building initiatives undertaken by the Association. The meeting was chaired by Mr Sudhamo Lal (Director General of the Mauritius Revenue Authority) and attended by the CATA President Tan Sri Dr Shukor Mohd Mahfar.


Platform for Collaboration on Tax launched

The United Nations, the OECD and the World Bank Group have announce the formation of a joint Platform that will coordinate the design and implementation of standards on various aspects of tax administration initiatives as well as coordinating capacity building. In the wake of the G20 BEPS Action Plan, this Platform will assist the developing countries in, among others, designing “tool kits” for the implementation of the various BEPS initiatives.

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The KSP is coming...

The Knowledge Sharing Platform is a global online tool designed to promote the sharing of tax knowledge and expertise among tax administrations and organisations.  This platform, currently being developed and administered by Canada in close collaboration with the OECD and CIAT, will be of a great value to officials from all CATA member countries.  When finalised the KSP will enable tax officials to access on-line training and reference material, register for in-person training events (like those provided by the Korea Tax Policy Centre), and interact with peers and experts from around the world through discussion forums and webinars.

The link to the KSP will be published on this web site as soon as it is fully operational.

For more information about the KSP, contact the KSP team at 

OECD calendar of events for 2016


The new Commonwealth Secretary General takes office

Patricia Scotland has taken over her duties as the 6th Commonwealth Secretary General. Patricia, a national of The Dominican Republic, was elected during the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting held in Malta in November 2015. She takes over from Mr Kamlesh Sharma and becomes the first woman to hold the post of the Secretary General since the founding of The Commonwealth of Nations more than 50 years ago.

The Management of CATA joins the Commonwealth family in welcoming the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC.


Picture courtesy of the Commonwealth website

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Commonwealth Day message by Her Majesty The Queen