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









The Advancing Leadership Potential programme is changing

For 2018 the very highly regarded ALP programme provided for CATA by HMRC has been revised and renamed the Senior Leadership Programme.  For the first time the programme, which was formerly wholly based in the United Kingdom,  will be delivered in two phases.  Part 1 will take place in  Uganda from 21st May to 1st June. Part 2 will follow in the United Kingdom (Lincoln and London) from 30th July to 17th August.

Please note that the deadline for applications is Friday, 16th March, 2018.

Click on the links below for full information.
CATA Circular


Application form


Workshop in Grenada on ‘Security for Automatic Exchange of Information’, 22 to 26 January 2018 

This event was jointly hosted by Mr Michael Stephen, Comptroller of the Grenada Inland Revenue Division and Mr Jon Swerdlow, Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators at the IRD offices in St George, Grenada.  Its purpose was to to prepare the Caribbean islands, who have committed to automatically exchange information under the OECD Common Reporting Standard, for security re-assessment against their Action Plans. Technical support was provided by experts from HMRC.  Representatives from Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Montserrat attended.

Press Release issued by the Grenada Inland Revenue Division

Report prepared by Jon Swerdlow and Gill Ince (UK)        


More CATA members join the BEPS Multilateral Convention


Barbados, Jamaica and Malaysia are the latest countries to join the BEPS Multilateral Convention. The convention seeks to strengthen the bilateral treaties to enable implementation of the OECD/G20 BEPS project that aims to counter tax avoidance schemes by the multinational enterprises. The total number of signatories now stands at 78 countries.

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Seasonal greetings from CATA's President

          Esteemed CATA Members,

The festive season has arrived. It is a time of great reflection and of giving thanks for all the blessings that we have received throughout the year. I hope that we will continue to stand together in support of each other, to build each other; harnessing on our individual strengths in facing challenges ahead. My utmost gratitude goes to each member of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators for your contribution of resources, time and effort in ensuring the success of our activities throughout the year. May all our efforts this year bear fruit, and we step into 2018 with renewed vigour. I would like to take this opportunity to wish upon all of you, happy holidays, blessed joy and a Happy New Year.



Datuk Sabin Samitah

CATA President



EU names uncooperative tax jurisdictions

The European Union on 5th December, 2017 published the first list of non-cooperative jurisdictions that have failed to meet the EU standards on tax transparency. CATA member countries are among the 17 jurisdictions that have appeared in the EU ‘black list’ following a compliance review based on the EU standards on tax transparency. The listing comes hot on the heels of the recently released Paradise Papers that highlighted how certain jurisdictions are being used to facilitate aggressive tax planning, tax evasion, and other illicit financial activities.

To meet the EU standards in tax transparency, a jurisdiction must:

(i)         Have achieved a ‘Largely Compliant’ status under the G20/OECD tax transparency standards;

(ii)        Have in place ‘fair taxation’ system i.e.  no harmful tax practices; and

(iii)       Have committed to the BEPS implementation i.e. membership of the ‘Inclusive Framework’.

The affected CATA countries include

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Cameroon hosts the Global Forum Plenary


The Global Forum (GF) on Transparency and Exchange of Information held its plenary session in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 15th to 17th November, 2017. While significant progress has been made in terms of the jurisdictions which have committed to the GF Transparency Standards, the focus is now on the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) between jurisdictions. There is definitely increased pressure on those jurisdictions which have committed to commence AEOI in 2018.

A number of CATA member countries, especially those in the Caribbean have already committed to this process and are expected to ensure that the proper legislative, regulatory and administrative framework are in place to facilitate AEOI. One of the key areas would be security of data and information. The emergence of the ‘Paradise Papers’ has again underscored the need for a concerted international response to ensure that no jurisdiction provides a safe haven for tax dodgers and aggressive tax planners.

Click here to view the Statement of Outcomes from the 2017 Global Forum Plenary Meeting. 

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