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














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


Subscriptions for 2014/2015 to increase 

Following an extraordinary general meeting of all CATA member countries, conducted by email, it has been agreed by a majority decision to increase the membership subscription payable by each country for the year 2014/2015.  

For full details, including an explanatory letter issued by the President of CATA, Mr George Blankson, and a schedule of revised subscriptions, please log in to the Members area. The letter and supporting documents are at: Downloads/Extraordinary General Meeting 2 February 2015.


CATA Training Programmes for 2015 - Apply now!

Taxation of International Transactions Course, 2015

Commonwealth Tax Auditors Course, 2015 

Achieving Leadership Potential Course, 2015 

Applications from suitably qualified employees of CATA member tax administrations are now invited for places on these well respected courses. The closing date for applications is 2 April for CTAC and ALP and 16 March for TOIT, so please act quickly to avoid disappointment.

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Director of the WU Global Tax Policy Centre visits the CATA offices

Professor Jeffrey Owen, the Director of the Global Tax Policy Centre of the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), recently paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Director. During the meeting on the 2nd February, 2015 at Marlborough House, London, the two appraised each other on the 2015 calendar events for their respective institutions.

The Institute, based in Vienna, offers wide ranging degree programs on international taxation and on occasion provides some limited scholarships to qualifying candidates. To enhance its reach, the Institute has partnered with the Academy of Public Finance based in Pretoria South Africa to offer short-term training to tax officials.

Professor Owen reiterated that his organization was ready to partner with CATA in hosting capacity building events and also by allowing staff from CATA member countries to benefit from the courses and training offered by the Institute. Some topics earmarked for this year would include specific technical issues around VAT and Excise, tax audits of the oil and gas sector, and transfer pricing. Click here for brochure.

It was agreed that

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