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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.


United Kingdom appoints a new Country Representative

HMRC has confirmed the appointment of Mr Peter Finnigan as the new UK Country Representative. He replaces Mr Peter Steed who resigned from HMRC in December 2014.

Peter Finnigan has extensive experience as a direct tax professional within HMRC. He spent ten years as an international tax operational specialist with particular knowledge of transfer pricing and as a UK Competent Authority dealing with international dispute resolution. He has wide experience of working in international fora both within the EU and OECD to address harmful tax practices and good governance in that area.

Peter is at present part of the UK co-ordination team on the current G20/OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project. Previously

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Her Majesty applauds the “Young Commonwealth”

The annual Commonwealth Day was celebrated on 9th March with a cocktail reception held at Marlborough House London. Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales joined dignitaries from various Commonwealth accredited organizations, including High Commissioners and Ambassadors accredited to the United Kingdom. In supporting this year’s theme of “Young Commonwealth”, Her Majesty The Queen, in her speech, emphasized that “the Commonwealth can only flourish if its ideas and ideals continue to be young and fresh and relevant to all generations”.

CATA was represented at the event by the President Mr George Blankson and the Executive Director.

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Public comments sought on updated version of TADAT Field Guide

The TADAT Secretariat at the IMF has issued the Field Guide version 5.0 for public comments. Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) is intended to provide “an objective and standardized performance assessment of a country’s system of tax administration”. This is a useful tool in identifying the “strength and weaknesses in tax administration, systems, processes and institutions” and thereby guide on reform priorities, at this time when a majority of CATA member countries are undertaking far reaching reform initiatives in their revenue administrations. Key performance outcome areas identified by TADAT are:

  •          Integrity of Registered taxpayers
  •          Assessment and Mitigation of Risks
  •          Supporting Voluntary Compliance
  •          Filing of Returns
  •          Payment of Obligations
  •          Ensuring Accuracy of Reporting
  •          Tax Dispute Resolution
  •          Operational Efficiency and Effectiveness
  •          Accountability and Transparency

 Further information may be accessed under the web link