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









Workshop in Grenada on ‘Security for Automatic Exchange of Information’, 22 to 26 January 2018 

This event was jointly hosted by Mr Michael Stephen, Comptroller of the Grenada Inland Revenue Division and Mr Jon Swerdlow, Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators at the IRD offices in St George, Grenada.  Its purpose was to to prepare the Caribbean islands, who have committed to automatically exchange information under the OECD Common Reporting Standard, for security re-assessment against their Action Plans. Technical support was provided by experts from HMRC.  Representatives from Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Montserrat attended.

Press Release issued by the Grenada Inland Revenue Division

Report prepared by Jon Swerdlow and Gill Ince (UK)        


More CATA members join the BEPS Multilateral Convention


Barbados, Jamaica and Malaysia are the latest countries to join the BEPS Multilateral Convention. The convention seeks to strengthen the bilateral treaties to enable implementation of the OECD/G20 BEPS project that aims to counter tax avoidance schemes by the multinational enterprises. The total number of signatories now stands at 78 countries.

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Seasonal greetings from CATA's President

          Esteemed CATA Members,

The festive season has arrived. It is a time of great reflection and of giving thanks for all the blessings that we have received throughout the year. I hope that we will continue to stand together in support of each other, to build each other; harnessing on our individual strengths in facing challenges ahead. My utmost gratitude goes to each member of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators for your contribution of resources, time and effort in ensuring the success of our activities throughout the year. May all our efforts this year bear fruit, and we step into 2018 with renewed vigour. I would like to take this opportunity to wish upon all of you, happy holidays, blessed joy and a Happy New Year.



Datuk Sabin Samitah

CATA President



EU names uncooperative tax jurisdictions

The European Union on 5th December, 2017 published the first list of non-cooperative jurisdictions that have failed to meet the EU standards on tax transparency. CATA member countries are among the 17 jurisdictions that have appeared in the EU ‘black list’ following a compliance review based on the EU standards on tax transparency. The listing comes hot on the heels of the recently released Paradise Papers that highlighted how certain jurisdictions are being used to facilitate aggressive tax planning, tax evasion, and other illicit financial activities.

To meet the EU standards in tax transparency, a jurisdiction must:

(i)         Have achieved a ‘Largely Compliant’ status under the G20/OECD tax transparency standards;

(ii)        Have in place ‘fair taxation’ system i.e.  no harmful tax practices; and

(iii)       Have committed to the BEPS implementation i.e. membership of the ‘Inclusive Framework’.

The affected CATA countries include

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Cameroon hosts the Global Forum Plenary


The Global Forum (GF) on Transparency and Exchange of Information held its plenary session in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 15th to 17th November, 2017. While significant progress has been made in terms of the jurisdictions which have committed to the GF Transparency Standards, the focus is now on the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) between jurisdictions. There is definitely increased pressure on those jurisdictions which have committed to commence AEOI in 2018.

A number of CATA member countries, especially those in the Caribbean have already committed to this process and are expected to ensure that the proper legislative, regulatory and administrative framework are in place to facilitate AEOI. One of the key areas would be security of data and information. The emergence of the ‘Paradise Papers’ has again underscored the need for a concerted international response to ensure that no jurisdiction provides a safe haven for tax dodgers and aggressive tax planners.

Click here to view the Statement of Outcomes from the 2017 Global Forum Plenary Meeting. 


Much praise for the Ghana Revenue Authority as curtain falls on 38th CATA Conference


Photo: the Vice President of Ghana Dr Bawumiah (centre) with the Heads of the Delegations from member countries 

The 38th Annual CATA Technical Conference came to a close on 10 November with universal praise from participants for the excellence of the arrangements made by their host, the Ghana Revenue Authority. The Conference, opened in Accra on 6 November by Prof. George Gyan Baffour, Minister of Planning, acting as a special representative of the President of Ghana, was attended by 209 delegates from 19 countries, representatives of 6 international organisations (DfID, GIZ, OECD, ITC, Vienna University Global Tax Policy Centre and the IBFD) and representatives of PwC, Vertex International USA and Techno Brain. The Closing Ceremony was graced by the presence of the Vice President of Ghana, H.E  Dr Mahamoudou Bawumiah.

The theme of the Conference -  "Leveraging Technology to enhance Revenue Administration" -  gave rise to very constructive and useful exchanges.

Copies of all Conference documents may be downloaded from the Members Area of this site.  (Members Area/ Downloads/ 2017 Conference).

Full Report by the Executive Director

Final Communique