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














CATA - ATAF consultative meeting

The Executive Director held a consultative meeting in February with a delegation from the African Tax Administrations Forum (ATAF) who called on him at the CATA offices in London. The meeting discussed and explored wide ranging areas of possible collaboration between the two organizations. Delegations from both organizations provided highlights of their current work plans and priority areas and pledged further commitment to enhance the existing relationship between their respective organizations.

The ATAF delegation was led by Ms Mary Baine, Head of International Taxation and Technical Assistance. The meeting was also attended by Mr Lucas Rutherford, the Economic Advisor and Dr Ekpen Omonbude, Advisor on Oceans and Natural Resources at The Commonwealth Secretariat, who briefed the delegation on some of the initiatives that the Commonwealth is undertaking particularly in the area of tax policy and advocacy.


CATA Welcomes the new head of the Ghana Revenue Authority

On behalf of the Management Committee and the entire membership of CATA, the Executive Director wishes to convey congratulations and good wishes to Mr Emmanuel Kofi Nti and the staff of GRA on the appointment of Mr Kofi Nti as the Commissioner General. Ghana has been a key member of CATA and has served in various capacities including holding the Presidency of the Association between 2012 and 2015. Currently Ghana is a member of the Management Committee.

We look forward to enhancing our cooperation and partnership with GRA under the stewardship of Mr Kofi Nti.

Profile of Mr Kofi Nti


Pacific Region Tax Seminar on risk assessment, Suva, Fiji, 25 - 27 April

Applications are now invited from suitably qualified tax officials of countries in the Pacific Region for places on a Tax Seminar on risk assessment that will be hosted in Suva, Fiji, by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority between 25 and 27 April 2017. This Seminar is being provided in collaboration with the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators and the OECD Korea Policy Centre.
The deadline for applications is 17th March, 2017.


Calling for a Research and Teaching Associate in Tax Policy from the Commonwealth 

The Global Tax Policy Centre of the Vienna University of Economics and Business invites applications for the position of Research and Teaching Associate focusing on Global Tax Policy. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2017 (and not as shown in the job advert).

Click on this link for full details of this post.



CATA courses and other events for 2017

Arrangements are now being finalised for the training programmes and other events planned by CATA for 2017. 

Nominations are currently invited for places on the two very popular training programmes that are provided for CATA by HMRC in the UK - the Commonwealth Tax Auditors Course and the Achieving Leadership Potential Course

Full details of each course (including prospectus and application form). 

Please note that the closing date for applications to both CTAC and ALP is 7 April 2017.

Nominations are also now invited for places on the very successful Taxation of International Transactions Workshop, which is hosted in Malaysia by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia . 

Full information about TOIT           Application form

Please note that the closing date for applications to TOIT is 15 May 2017.

A complete list of currently planned programmes and other events is available from Upcoming Events. In some cases dates are currently approximate and information is incomplete but these will be updated as we receive further details.


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.