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









Workshop on “Modern Techniques of Investigation and Intelligence Gathering”

This high level workshop, held from 22nd August to 24th August at the National Academy of Direct Taxes in Nagpur, India, was well received by the 29 senior tax officials who attended.  CATA, as a co-sponsor, extends its thanks to the Indian Government and the National Academy of Direct Taxes for hosting and facilitating this very successful event. (Photo: delegates with NADT staff and CATA's Executive Director).

Full report on the Workshop by the Executive Director


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

Online registrations are now being accepted for this year's Conference.  Full background information and hyperlinks to enable delegates to both register for the Conference and book accommodation in Accra may be found in the following documents:

Invitation letter 

Information note

Kindly note that hotel accommodation should be booked as early as possible and at the latest by 18th September 2017.

Conference web site


Pilot program on “Cooperative Compliance” taking root

A pilot program on Cooperative Compliance that started some two years ago is showing good progress as more countries express their interest in participating. The program, which is being led by the Global Tax Centre (GTPC) at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, aims to foster a more cooperative engagement between tax authorities and taxpayers in a bid to boost voluntary compliance and minimize tax disputes. In furtherance of this objective, the GTPC in collaboration with CATA held a consultative workshop on 10th and 11th July in Accra Ghana that brought together diverse stakeholders to explore best options of realising the pilot program. Ghana Revenue Authority signalled their interest in participating and other CATA member countries are expected to follow suit.

Report on the workshop



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.

Full information


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.

Full information


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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