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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 18 member countries, representatives of 5 international organisations (DfID, GIZ, OECD, Vienna University Global Tax Policy Centre and the World Bank) 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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Peter Estey

It is with deep sadness that we must announce the passing this week of Peter Estey, who represented Canada on CATA's Management Committee from 2010 to 2014 and served as a key speaker at a number of CATA Technical Conferences.

Peter was a towering figure in the CATA community and often used his long institutional memory to guide discussions of the Management Committee. He will be greatly missed by everyone connected with the Association.

Messages of condolence may be left by clicking on the following link.

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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.

Taking into consideration the developments in

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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.

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