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

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday
Jul212017

Cameroon ready to implement BEPS initiatives

Cameroon has joined the growing list of CATA members who have signed up to the Multilateral Convention that will assist in countering Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) through enactment of appropriate Tax Treaty provisions. Cameroon becomes the 70th jurisdiction to join the Multilateral Convention (MLI) this July. Other CATA members who have since signed the Convention include Canada, Cyprus, Fiji, India, Isle of Man, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

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Friday
Jun232017

OECD launches New Africa Tax Academy

On 13 June at the G20 Africa Partnership conference in Berlin, the OECD, along with Kenya, Italy, and Germany, launched the pilot Africa Academy Programme for Tax and Financial Investigation. The program "seeks to strengthen the capacity of tax and financial crime investigations in tackling illicit financial flows."

The formal launch of the Academy will take place in Nairobi Kenya on the 26th June 2017.

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Friday
Jun232017

ITIC shakes off ties to tobacco firms

The International Tax and Investment Centre (ITIC) Board has adopted a resolution to immediately sever links with tobacco companies. In a resolution of a special committee of the Board, ITIC resolved that it will no longer accept sponsorship from tobacco companies. Further, no representative from tobacco firms will serve on its Board. According to

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Monday
Jun192017

2017 CATA Conference, Accra, Ghana, 6 to 10 November

Arrangements for this year's Conference in Accra, Ghana, are now being finalised.  The Conference will be hosted at the Movenpick Hotel.  The theme of the Conference will be "Leveraging Technology to enhance Revenue Administration".  Discussion will be developed under two sub topics: (1) Facilitating, monitoring and enabling compliance through technology. (2) Equipping staff with skills to deliver in an increasingly digital environment.

 

Full information will be published as soon as it is available.  This will include details of how to register for the Conference.  In the meantime the Secretariat would appreciate the early preparation and submission of Country Background Papers on the Conference theme.  A Gmail requesting these which contains guidance on their completion was issued to all CATA Country Representatives and Correspondents on 19 June.

Monday
Jun192017

Tax Networks pledge closer cooperation

Regional and international tax organizations have reiterated their commitment to forge closer cooperation amongst themselves. Noting that there are several such organizations currently working on different aspects of tax capacity building, members felt there was a critical need to ensure that the respective activities of these organizations are coordinated to exploit the existing synergies. This realization is based on the fact that the organizations not only share common membership but also deliver programs that could benefit their mutual members through cross pollination of ideas.

At a meeting in Ascuncio, Paraguay held on the margins of the 2017 CIAT General Assembly, representatives of the tax networks signed a “Letter of Intent” to kick start a process that would eventually culminate in a formal Memorandum of Understanding. CATA was represented at the signing ceremony by the Regional Director-Canada & Caribbean Mr Bruce Snider (2nd from R in photo). CIAT, IOTA, CREDAF and ATAIC have also signed the document.

Friday
May122017

Workshop on “Modern Techniques of Investigation and Intelligence Gathering”, Nagpur, India, 22 - 24 August

Arrangements have now been finalised for the Workshop on “Modern Techniques of Investigation and Intelligence Gathering” which will be held in the National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT), Nagpur, India from 22nd to 24th August, 2017.

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CATA circular

Logistical information