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














Seasonal greetings from CATA's President

          Esteemed CATA Members,

The festive season has arrived. It is a time of great reflection and of giving thanks for all the blessings that we have received throughout the year. I hope that we will continue to stand together in support of each other, to build each other; harnessing on our individual strengths in facing challenges ahead. My utmost gratitude goes to each member of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators for your contribution of resources, time and effort in ensuring the success of our activities throughout the year. May all our efforts this year bear fruit, and we step into 2018 with renewed vigour. I would like to take this opportunity to wish upon all of you, happy holidays, blessed joy and a Happy New Year.



Datuk Sabin Samitah

CATA President



EU names uncooperative tax jurisdictions

The European Union on 5th December, 2017 published the first list of non-cooperative jurisdictions that have failed to meet the EU standards on tax transparency. CATA member countries are among the 17 jurisdictions that have appeared in the EU ‘black list’ following a compliance review based on the EU standards on tax transparency. The listing comes hot on the heels of the recently released Paradise Papers that highlighted how certain jurisdictions are being used to facilitate aggressive tax planning, tax evasion, and other illicit financial activities.

To meet the EU standards in tax transparency, a jurisdiction must:

(i)         Have achieved a ‘Largely Compliant’ status under the G20/OECD tax transparency standards;

(ii)        Have in place ‘fair taxation’ system i.e.  no harmful tax practices; and

(iii)       Have committed to the BEPS implementation i.e. membership of the ‘Inclusive Framework’.

The affected CATA countries include

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Cameroon hosts the Global Forum Plenary


The Global Forum (GF) on Transparency and Exchange of Information held its plenary session in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 15th to 17th November, 2017. While significant progress has been made in terms of the jurisdictions which have committed to the GF Transparency Standards, the focus is now on the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) between jurisdictions. There is definitely increased pressure on those jurisdictions which have committed to commence AEOI in 2018.

A number of CATA member countries, especially those in the Caribbean have already committed to this process and are expected to ensure that the proper legislative, regulatory and administrative framework are in place to facilitate AEOI. One of the key areas would be security of data and information. The emergence of the ‘Paradise Papers’ has again underscored the need for a concerted international response to ensure that no jurisdiction provides a safe haven for tax dodgers and aggressive tax planners.

Click here to view the Statement of Outcomes from the 2017 Global Forum Plenary Meeting. 


Much praise for the Ghana Revenue Authority as curtain falls on 38th CATA Conference


Photo: the Vice President of Ghana Dr Bawumiah (centre) with the Heads of the Delegations from member countries 

The 38th Annual CATA Technical Conference came to a close on 10 November with universal praise from participants for the excellence of the arrangements made by their host, the Ghana Revenue Authority. The Conference, opened in Accra on 6 November by Prof. George Gyan Baffour, Minister of Planning, acting as a special representative of the President of Ghana, was attended by 209 delegates from 19 countries, representatives of 6 international organisations (DfID, GIZ, OECD, ITC, Vienna University Global Tax Policy Centre and the IBFD) and representatives of PwC, Vertex International USA and Techno Brain. The Closing Ceremony was graced by the presence of the Vice President of Ghana, H.E  Dr Mahamoudou Bawumiah.

The theme of the Conference -  "Leveraging Technology to enhance Revenue Administration" -  gave rise to very constructive and useful exchanges.

Copies of all Conference documents may be downloaded from the Members Area of this site.  (Members Area/ Downloads/ 2017 Conference).

Full Report by the Executive Director

Final Communique



2017 CATA Conference, Accra, Ghana, 6 to 10┬áNovember 

All currently available documentation for this year's Conference, including the Conference Programs and Background Papers provided by member countries, may now be accessed from the Members Area of this site (@ Members Area/ Downloads/2017 Conference). Delegates to the Conference should note that the Movenpick Hotel (the venue) is now fully booked but reservations may still be made at the two alternative hotels suggested in the conference information note.


London to host 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

Young people will be at the heart of the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which will be held in London and Windsor between 16 and 20 April 2018. That’s according to the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, as she launched the theme for CHOGM 2018, ‘Towards a Common Future’.

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