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CATA to participate in high level UN Conference

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth Mr Kamalesh Sharma has invited CATA’s Executive Director to be part of the Commonwealth delegation to the 3rd UN International Conference on Financing for Development scheduled to take place from the 13th to 16th July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Conference that will bring together heads of States and Governments including several international organizations is set to discuss how the UN Millennium Development Goals would be financed in the post 2015 period.

Given the critical role that domestic resource mobilization is expected to play in financing the development agenda of most countries, CATA

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Notice of the 13th General Meeting


CATA Management Committee meets in London

Members of the CATA Management Committee held their annual Spring meeting at Marlborough House in London, UK, on the 14th and 15th April. Also in attendance was CATA’s President, Mr George Blankson.

The meeting discussed a wide range of issues including the preparations for the 13th Triennial General Meeting that will take place in November of this year.  During that meeting, and in accordance with CATA's constitution, elections will be held to choose a new President and to establish the new Management Committee that will oversee the management of CATA for the following three years. 

The Committee received and discussed the audited financial statement

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Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria gains a new Acting Executive Chairman

Mr Sunday Samuel Ogungbesan has recently succeeded Alh Kabir M. Mashi as Acting Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service of Nigeria.  Mr Ogungbesan will serve as Nigeria's new Country Representative to CATA.  

Profile of Mr Ogungbesan



Commonwealth Tax Auditors Course and Achieving Leadership Potential Course 

The closing date for applications for places on each of these two very well respected training programmes has just been extended to 2 April 2015. 

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House of Lords hosts Africa Diplomatic Tax Dialogue forum

Duncan Onduru poses for a photo with Lord David Howell, Ian Walker and Mr Campbell Evans (Scotch Whisky Association) 


The high level Diplomatic Dialogue luncheon for High Commissioners and Ambassadors from Africa was held on 9th March at the House of Lords, Westminster, London. Organized by the Washington-based International Tax and Investment Centre (ITIC), the meeting brought together a number of diplomats representing African countries in the United Kingdom.

Under the theme-Tax Governance and Investment in Africa- the meeting discussed diverse policy and administrative issues that need to be addressed in order to ensure that Africa remains an attractive destination for investment. Members noted that the projected slow growth in most of the European countries underpinned by plummeting oil and other commodity prices may have significant impact on the investment flows into Africa.

The Executive Director of CATA gave the key note address, touching on the future prospects of Foreign Direct Investment inflows into Africa and noted that the fiscal policies will continue to play a key role in this regard. The Director shared with the members some significant reform initiatives being undertaken by various African tax administrations in a bid to make compliance easier and cheaper for the investors. He however, reiterated that more needs to be done since African countries still rank poorly on the “ease-of doing-business” indicators. He called for more tax transparency on the part of the investors so that they could dispel the perception that Africa is not getting her fair share of the taxes from the multinational enterprises.  Click here for the full text of the Executive Director’s speech

Daniel Witt, the President of ITIC opened the meeting highlighting the work that his organization is doing in Africa and lauded the partnership that exists between CATA and ITIC. The meeting, hosted by Lord Meghnad Desai, was attended by representatives from the business community including British American Tobacco, SABMiller, Diageo, Chevron Corporation, Rio Tinto, and Imperial Tobacco, among others.