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














Maldives withdrawls from the Commonwealth: Secretary General expresses deep regret

The Government of the Maldives has withdrawn that country from membership of the Commonwealth with effect from 13 October 2016. As a consequence, Maldive's membership of CATA has also ceased from that date.

Statement by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth


Regional workshop very well received










Tax administration officials from the Caribbean region came together October 3-6, 2016 in Georgetown Guyana for the regional workshop – A Practical Approach to Risk Assessment in the Caribbean Region.

The workshop was hosted by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and jointly sponsored by the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA), the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank Group (WBG), with technical and organizational support from the Canada Revenue Agency and the financial support of the WBG’s SEMCAR Program and the Government of Canada.

Workshop participants included 23 officials from

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Tax features at the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Annual Meeting

Executive Director (3rd from right-back row) poses for a group photo with the Ministers)

(Picture courtesy of the Commonwealth website)




The Commonwealth Finance Ministers once again added their voices to the importance of exchange of tax information among member countries as a way of protecting their tax bases and ensuring that effective mobilization of domestic revenue remains firmly on the international agenda.

The representative of the United Kingdom took the participants through the on-going project on “beneficial ownership” which his country is spearheading and pointed out that this initiative will contribute immensely in tackling not only tax crimes but also assist law enforcement agencies in addressing issues around illicit financial flows, money laundering and financing of terrorism. He urged member countries to join this noble venture that will see countries exchanging vital information on the true identities of persons behind business entities.

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International Tax Transparency Standards: G20 sets compliance deadline

The G20 leaders have set the deadline for the countries “including all financial centres and jurisdictions………to commit without delay to implementing the standards of automatic exchange of information by 2018 at the latest”. In a communique issued after their meeting in Hangzhou, China on 5th September, the leaders called for countries to “sign and ratify the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax matters”.

While endorsing the ongoing work by the OECD

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2016 CATA/HMRC training programmes end in London

A total of 32 delegates from around the Commonwealth have successfully completed their six-week summer residential training programmes ("ALP" and "CTAC") in the UK. The participants, who this year also included delegates from Ethiopia and Egypt, presented their closing project papers to a panel attended by the Chairman of HMRC Mr Edward Troupe, senior officials of the HMRC and CATA's Executive Director.

The delegates were subsequently the principal guests at an evening cocktail reception hosted on

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37th Annual CATA Technical Conference, 7 to 11 November 2016

Arrangements for the next CATA Technical Conference, to be hosted by the Barbados Revenue Authority, are now well advanced and the online registration system is now live.  Links to the registration system and the online hotel reservation system have been sent to all CATA Country Representatives, who will be responsible for nominating delegates.  If you wish to be considered please contact your Country Representative or Correspondent.  He or she can be identified from the organisation chart on this web site.  The online systems may also be accessed via the Members Area of this web site, together with all Conference papers currently available.  The deadline for registration is 30 September 2016.

A circular requesting the submission of country Background Papers in preparation for the Conference has been sent to all Country Representatives and Correspondents, together with guidance notes to assist in their completion.  The deadline for the submission of Background Papers to the Secretariat is 15 August 2016.

Click on the links below for further information. 

 Invitation letter      Logistical information  

                                                                                 Progress report by the ED @ 1 September  

                                                                                          Dedicated Conference Web Site