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CATA welcomes the new President

CATA sends its warmest congratulations to Mr Sabin Samitah on his appointment on 12 December 2016 as the new CEO of the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia. In that capacity he is also the new President of CATA. Mr Samitah succeeds Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar, whose service with the IRBM has ended.

Mr Samitah started his career with IRBM more than 30 years ago serving in various senior capacities, including Director of several branches as well as Director of the Investigation and Intelligence Centre, State Director, Director of the Revenue Management Department, Deputy CEO (Management) and Deputy CEO (Tax Operations), before his appointment as the new CEO.

Mr Samitah has sent the following message to all CATA members:

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of CATA a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the holiday season be an opportunity to be with families and loved ones and the New Year a celebration of joy.

I look forward to working closely with the Executive Director and the Members of the Management Committee to ensure that CATA continues to play its role in building cooperation amongst members in the years to come.”




On behalf of the Management Committee and the entire CATA membership, the Secretariat conveys deep appreciation to Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar for his outstanding contribution to CATA over the years, both as Chairman of CATA's Management Committee and latterly as CATA's President. We wish him a long and happy retirement.



2016 Conference material now available on this site

All Conference documentation, including the presentations delivered and country background papers, may now be accessed by registered users at Members Area/Downloads/2016 Conference.

Registered users may also view video of the week's proceedings at Members Area/Video.

Click here to view all of the official Conference photos


Commonwealth Secretariat study of taxation policies around the extractive industries

The Commonwealth Secretariat has published a paper on the taxation policies around the extractive industries. The Natural Resource Division of the Secretariat has over the years conducted extensive research in this sector and the Paper provide useful insights into critical tax policy and administrative aspects that natural resource-endowed member countries will find very helpful. For more information click on the link below:

Highlights of the paper


CATA participates in the 2016 African Tax Dialogue


The Executive Director was among a host of distinguished speakers who addressed the 2016 African Tax Dialogue Conference held in Cape Town South Africa. The meeting, organized by the Washington-based International Tax and Investment Centre (ITIC) was attended by participants from several African countries. The Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Dr Mukhisa Kituyi delivered the keynote address. More information.


Final Communique from the 2016 Technical Conference

At the conclusion on 11 November of the very successful 37th Annual Technical Conference in Bridgetown, Barbados, the members of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators agreed to issue the following Final Communique.  An account of the Conference proceedings will be published on this web site shortly.

Final Communique


Barbados exceeds expectations as CATA returns to its cradle

The verdict has been delivered - the 37th CATA Technical Conference was a resounding success. The results of the post Conference evaluation indicate that for the majority of delegates, the Barbados event exceeded expectations both in terms of the technical content but also in the area of logistics.

That the 2016 Conference was being held in Barbados had important significance for the Association. Even as delegates trooped into Bridgetown in November, many were scarcely aware that they were making a pilgrimage to a country where the idea of a Commonwealth-wide tax organization was conceived. It was 39 years ago in 1977 during a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministers of Finance in Barbados when a decision for such an organization was reached. One year later, on the 23rd May 1978, the CATA Constitution was formally adopted, with Barbados being one of the 23 founder member countries.

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