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














2016 Technical Conference opens

The opening ceremony of this year's CATA Technical Conference in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 7 November.  Pictured are the Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs of Barbados, the Hon. Christopher Sinckler M.P, who formally opened the Conference (centre of front row), the Heads of Delegations to the Conference and the President, Chairman and Executive Director of CATA. More than 140 delegates are attending the Conference, which will close on 11 November.



Maldives withdraws from the Commonwealth: Secretary General expresses deep regret

The Government of the Maldives has withdrawn that country from membership of the Commonwealth with effect from 13 October 2016. As a consequence, Maldive's membership of CATA has also ceased from that date.

Statement by the Secretary General of the Commonwealth


Regional workshop very well received










Tax administration officials from the Caribbean region came together October 3-6, 2016 in Georgetown Guyana for the regional workshop – A Practical Approach to Risk Assessment in the Caribbean Region.

The workshop was hosted by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and jointly sponsored by the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA), the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank Group (WBG), with technical and organizational support from the Canada Revenue Agency and the financial support of the WBG’s SEMCAR Program and the Government of Canada.

Workshop participants included 23 officials from

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Tax features at the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Annual Meeting

Executive Director (3rd from right-back row) poses for a group photo with the Ministers)

(Picture courtesy of the Commonwealth website)




The Commonwealth Finance Ministers once again added their voices to the importance of exchange of tax information among member countries as a way of protecting their tax bases and ensuring that effective mobilization of domestic revenue remains firmly on the international agenda.

The representative of the United Kingdom took the participants through the on-going project on “beneficial ownership” which his country is spearheading and pointed out that this initiative will contribute immensely in tackling not only tax crimes but also assist law enforcement agencies in addressing issues around illicit financial flows, money laundering and financing of terrorism. He urged member countries to join this noble venture that will see countries exchanging vital information on the true identities of persons behind business entities.

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International Tax Transparency Standards: G20 sets compliance deadline

The G20 leaders have set the deadline for the countries “including all financial centres and jurisdictions………to commit without delay to implementing the standards of automatic exchange of information by 2018 at the latest”. In a communique issued after their meeting in Hangzhou, China on 5th September, the leaders called for countries to “sign and ratify the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax matters”.

While endorsing the ongoing work by the OECD

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2016 CATA/HMRC training programmes end in London

A total of 32 delegates from around the Commonwealth have successfully completed their six-week summer residential training programmes ("ALP" and "CTAC") in the UK. The participants, who this year also included delegates from Ethiopia and Egypt, presented their closing project papers to a panel attended by the Chairman of HMRC Mr Edward Troupe, senior officials of the HMRC and CATA's Executive Director.

The delegates were subsequently the principal guests at an evening cocktail reception hosted on

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