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









Apply to join CATA's 2016 UK based training programmes

Arrangements have now been finalised for the 2016 Achieving Leadership Potential Course and the Commonwealth Tax Auditors Course. Both of these highly regarded international training programmes are provided by HMRC on behalf of CATA and involve a period of residence in the UK. Applications are now invited for places on both ALP and CTAC. Cick on the link below to examine the full prospectus and download an application form.  Please note that the closing date for applications is Friday 26 February 2016.

Prospectus and application form




New Commonwealth Secretary - General Appointed

Baroness Patricia Scotland was selected to be the next Commonwealth Secretary - General on Friday, during the Commonwealth summit in Malta. Baroness Scotand is the first woman to take up this post.

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2015 Conference and 13th General Meeting

Delegates to the General Meeting and Conference in Malacca are reminded that all of the supporting documents which are currently available may now be downloaded from the Members Area of this site.  These include the full work and social programmes, which may also be obtained on request from Country Representatives and Country Correspondents. 

On behalf of the Secretariat, the Executive Director extends all best wishes to both the delegates and the organising committee for a very successful and productive meeting. 


International Tax Debate: Commonwealth Finance Ministers urge greater participation

(Photo courtesy of The Commonwealth website) 

The Commonwealth Ministers of Finance meeting ended in the Peruvian capital of Lima with a renewed call for stronger Commonwealth presence in the contemporary international tax discourses. Coming on the heels of the UN meeting

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Residential phases of the CTAC and ALP end


The residential phase of the 2015 Commonwealth Tax Auditors Course and the Achieving Leadership Potential Course formally closed on 3 September with a reception in Marlborough House, London, addressed by the Second Permanent Secretary of HMRC, Mr Edward Troup.  Both courses will continue for a further period via internet training overseen by the Course Directors.

Address by Mr Troup         Address by Mr Onduru


Register now for this year's Conference in Malacca, Malaysia (15 - 20 November). N.b. the closing date is 30 September.

The online registration system for the Conference may now be accessed directly from the dedicated Conference web site.  To register, click on the following link to navigate to the Conference web site and then click on the button "Registration" in the sidebar of that site: conference web site.

A hyperlink to the online registration form may also be obtained on request from CATA Country Correspondents and Representatives.  

To book accommodation for the Conference, click on the next link to download: hotel booking form

Please note that the closing date for both registrations and hotel bookings is 30 September.  If you wish to attend it is therefore imperative that you make your registration and booking as quickly as possible. 

The Members Area of this (CATA) web site contains all documentation currently available for the Conference (including the first batch of the Country Background Papers) and will be updated regularly as further material is received.