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CATA endorses Addis Ababa Tax Initiative


 (Photo by courtesy of ITC website)

CATA has joined the international and regional tax organizations in signing the Addis Ababa Tax Initiative. Launched on the side lines of the recently concluded UN Conference on Domestic Resource Mobilization in Ethiopia, and endorsed by over thirty countries and international organizations, the Initiative seeks among others to foster commitment by donor countries to double their technical cooperation in the area of tax by the year 2020. Partner countries commit to adopt coherent tax policies that will enable them to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs). The initiative also seeks to ensure that all developing countries participate effectively in the Global Tax debates, especially on issues regarding fairness, transparency and effectiveness of the tax systems.

The launch was organized by the International Tax Compact (ITC) and was addressed by Finance Ministers from Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya and Ghana. CATA was represented at the meeting by its President Mr George Blankson and the Executive Director.


Travel arrangements for this year's Conference

Several members have asked about the arrangements for travel from the airport at Kuala Lumpur to Malacca. 
The Conference organisers have advised that there are no flights from Kuala Lumpur to Malacca. The organisers will provide transportation to take the delegates from Kuala Lumpur to the meeting venue, which is also the recommended hotel for accommodation throughout the Conference.


Registration and accommodation for the 2015 Conference

The Circular providing full information about this year's Conference in Malaysia and the hotel booking form may now be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

Conference Circular

Hotel booking form


Malaysian Tax Academy set to offer degree courses

The Directors of the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia have approved plans to have the Academy accredited to a university in order to offer degree courses. The announcement was made by the Director of the Academy Mr Adzhar Sulaiman while addressing participants at the closing ceremony of the 19th edition of the Taxation of International Transactions (TOIT) Course in Selangor, Malaysia. Details of the accreditation process remain to be worked out, including the time frame and the type of degree courses that will be offered.

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Request for Background Papers

A request for the completion of country Background Papers has today been gmailed to all Country Representatives, with copies to Country Correspondents.  The Background Papers will inform the preparations currently in progress for this year's Conference in Malacca, Malaysia. Country Representatives are asked to submit their completed Background Papers to the CATA Secretariat by 31 July 2015.

Copies of the request and the supporting questionnaires provided to assist in the preparation of the Background Papers may also be downloaded from the Members Area of this site.


Preparations for the 2015 Conference begin with the unveiling of the official Logo

The official logo of the 36th CATA Technical Conference has now been unveiled. During a meeting hosted in Cyberjaya by the CEO of the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia Prof. Mohd Mahfar, the logo was formally presented to the Executive Director of CATA, who applauded the management of IRBM for setting in motion early preparations for the Conference, scheduled to take place from 16th to 20th November. The Logo is inspired by Malaysia’s two most well-known symbols, the Jalur Gemilang (Malaysia’s National Flag) and the Bunga Raya (the Hibiscus Flower - Malaysia’s National Flower). 

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