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









Official launch of the Network of Tax Organisations

The Executive Director of CATA and representatives of the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT); African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF); International Tax Compact (ITC); Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA); Centre for Exchange and Studies of Tax Administrations Leaders (CREDAF); and West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF), came together to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the Network of Tax Organisations. The signing of the MoU represented the official launch of the NTO and took place on 17th May 2018 during the closing of the 52nd CIAT General Assembly in Ottawa, Canada.

More information about the NTO


2018 IBFD African Tax Symposium held in Kenya


The 4th African Tax Symposium was held in Mombasa Kenya from the 9th to 11th May. The event, that drew participants from tax professional firms, industry, tax administrations, civil society and the judiciary, is one of the annual calendar events organised by the IBFD to focus on contemporary tax issues of relevance to the continent. The three-day event discussed wide ranging issues, notably the impact of the multilateral instruments on bilateral tax treaties and the opportunities and challenges of global exchange of tax information in the post-BEPS era. CATA was among the key sponsors of the symposium.   

Photo: The Executive Director chairs a session during the event


2018 programme on the Taxation of International Transactions

Arrangements for the two workshops that comprise the revised programme have now been finalised.  Please note that the previously published dates have changed. The Treaty Workshop will take place from 27th August to 30th August 2018 and the Transfer Pricing Workshop will take place from 4th September to 7th September 2018. Delegates can attend either one or both workshops. As previously, the programme will be provided at the Malaysian Tax Academy.

Full information

Application form

Please note that the closing dates for the receipt of applications are 6 July 2018 (Treaty Workshop) and 13 July 2018 (Transfer Pricing Workshop).



Management Committee meet in London, 2 -3 May

Members of the Management Committee gathered at Marlborough House from the 2nd to 3rd May 2018 to attend the bi-annual Management Committee Meeting.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Sudhamo Lal (Director General of the Mauritius Revenue Authority) and topics of discussion included preparations for the upcoming 14th General Meeting, development of the 2019/22 Strategic Plan and suggestions on how best to celebrate CATA’s 40th anniversary.

The next Management Committee Meeting is scheduled to be held in November, alongside the 39th Technical Conference in Fiji.




2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting



State leaders and members of the Royal Family gathered in London and Windsor, UK from 19th to 20th April to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The theme of this year’s meeting was ‘Towards a common future’ and the week began with four forum events: Commonwealth Business Forum, Commonwealth People’s Forum, Commonwealth Youth Forum, and Commonwealth Women’s Forum. A formal ceremony took place on Thursday the 19th April in which the Queen officially declared the Commonwealth Heads of Government 2018 open and the start of meeting proceedings. The final day of CHOGM saw Heads of Government travel to Buckingham Palace for the Leaders Retreat followed by the announcement in the Leader's Statement of the outcomes from the meeting, which included the importance of strengthening the Commonwealth by sustainable financing and the declaration of HRH Prince Charles as the next Head of the Commonwealth.

Read the Leaders' Statement  

Read the Communique




Tax transparency: G20 Finance Ministers put jurisdictions on notice

Jurisdictions which committed to start the implementation of automatic exchange of financial accounts information in 2018 have been urged to ensure that the timelines are met. In a communique issued at the conclusion of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting recently held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Ministers called on countries to sign up to the multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance and at the same time reiterated the readiness of their countries to impose defensive measures against jurisdictions not meeting the international standards of tax transparency. 

View communique