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

Arrangements for this year's Conference in Accra, Ghana, are now being finalised.  The Conference will be hosted at the Movenpick Hotel.  The theme of the Conference will be "Leveraging Technology to enhance Revenue Administration".  Discussion will be developed under two sub topics: (1) Facilitating, monitoring and enabling compliance through technology. (2) Equipping staff with skills to deliver in an increasingly digital environment.


Full information will be published as soon as it is available.  This will include details of how to register for the Conference.  In the meantime the Secretariat would appreciate the early preparation and submission of Country Background Papers on the Conference theme.  A Gmail requesting these which contains guidance on their completion was issued to all CATA Country Representatives and Correspondents on 19 June.


Tax Networks pledge closer cooperation

Regional and international tax organizations have reiterated their commitment to forge closer cooperation amongst themselves. Noting that there are several such organizations currently working on different aspects of tax capacity building, members felt there was a critical need to ensure that the respective activities of these organizations are coordinated to exploit the existing synergies. This realization is based on the fact that the organizations not only share common membership but also deliver programs that could benefit their mutual members through cross pollination of ideas.

At a meeting in Ascuncio, Paraguay held on the margins of the 2017 CIAT General Assembly, representatives of the tax networks signed a “Letter of Intent” to kick start a process that would eventually culminate in a formal Memorandum of Understanding. CATA was represented at the signing ceremony by the Regional Director-Canada & Caribbean Mr Bruce Snider (2nd from R in photo). CIAT, IOTA, CREDAF and ATAIC have also signed the document.


Workshop on “Modern Techniques of Investigation and Intelligence Gathering”, Nagpur, India, 22 - 24 August

Arrangements have now been finalised for the Workshop on “Modern Techniques of Investigation and Intelligence Gathering” which will be held in the National Academy of Direct Taxes (NADT), Nagpur, India from 22nd to 24th August, 2017.

Click on the links below for full information.

CATA circular

Logistical information


Management Committee meets in London

The 2017 Spring meeting of the Management Committee took place in London on the 19th and 20th April. The Committee, chaired by Mr Sudhamo Lal, Director General of Mauritius Revenue Authority, welcomed the appointment of Datuk Sabin Samitah as the new CEO of the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia. Samitah became the President of CATA following the retirement of Tan Sri Mohd Mahfar.

The Committee approved the revised Charter of Functions for the Regional Directors.


CATA Pacific Region Workshop on Tax Risk Assessment

The Workshop on Tax Risk Assessment for the Pacific region countries which was held in Suva Fiji, from 26 to 27th April, 2017, attracted 37 participants from countries within the region. The workshop, co-sponsored by the Korea Policy Centre and the OECD, was officially opened by the CEO of Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority Mr Visvanas Das. The Director General of Korea Policy Centre Mr Choon Ho Park also provided opening remarks.

(Workshop materials will be uploaded onto the members area of this site shortly)

Seated from left: Mr Visvanas Das, Mr Onduru and Mr Choon Ho Park pose for a photo with the participants


Blockchain: The Next Frontier for Tax Administrations

The term "blockchain" is on many people’s lips and for good reason; it is a potentially transformational technology that could have as much impact as the arrival of the Internet in the 1990s. The ability to create a transparent and immutable record of transactions between parties that may not fully trust one another has obvious application to finance and financial regulation. Add to that the ability to automate transactions themselves, through "smart contracts" and you have a recipe for slashing transactional costs and reducing the need for traditional intermediaries. But what about taxation? A lot of thinking on the application of blockchain to financial markets is already underway but tax risks falling behind.

To fill this gap the Global Tax Policy Centre at Vienna University of Economics and Business initiated in March a program of work to study the impact of blockchain on taxation with a ground breaking meeting of senior tax officials, legal experts, industry specialists, technologists and academics. These initial discussions

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