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CATA's 34th Annual Technical Conference will be hosted by the Rwanda Revenue Authority, between 21 - 25 October 2013.
The venue will be the Serena Kigali Hotel, Kigali.
The two topics for discussion will be 1. "SMMEs: Strategies for taxing an untapped resource for development." 2. "Current issues around taxing High Net Worth Individuals."
All member countries are required to submit a background paper on each topic to the CATA Secretariat by 31 July 2013.
Accommodation for delegates will be available in three hotels. Delegates are responsible for booking their accommodation and early booking is recommended.Hotel accommodation
To register for the conference, please log in to the members area and select "2013 Annual Technical Conference" from the left sidebar to download the registration form, hotel booking form and background paper questionnaire and the guidelines to complete this.
Please note that the closing date for registration for the conference is 31 August 2013.
The 12th General Meeting and 33rd Annual Technical Conference were held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana, Malta from the 14th to the 19th October 2012. (The General Meeting took place on the first day). Read the Final Communiqué of the General Meeting
The Conference was officially opened on the 15th October by Malta's Honourable Minister of Finance, the Economy and Investment, Mr. Tonio Fenech, who observed that “There is a lot that tax administrations can learn from each other, and therefore such conferences are instrumental in keeping channels open. They provide a combination of exchanges reinforced with practical action and collaboration. Added to this is the professional and technical expertise made available through member states of the Commonwealth and other International bodies invited for this conference. This means that lessons learnt and progress made can be readily and directly shared among countries so that the pace of reform need not be unduly hampered by institutional, financial and capacity constraints.” Read the full text of the opening speech
The two theme topics for the Conference, ICT as a Platform for Modern Revenue Administration and Self-Assessment: Issues and Challenges, conjured interesting and intense discussion among participants.
In addition to the 27 Members of CATA who participated in the Conference we were once again fortunate to have had participants from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Inter American Centre for Tax Administrations (CIAT), Crown Agents, Adam Smith International, International Bureau for Fiscal Documentation (IBFD), International Tax Dialogue and guests from Azerbaijan and China.
CATA wishes to extend its profound gratitude to the government and people of Malta for the warm hospitality they extended to our delegates both before and during the week-long event.
Registered users of this site may access full video coverage of the technical sessions of the conference by logging in to the members area.
CATA's 12th General Meeting and 33rd Annual Technical Conference will be hosted by the Inland Revenue Department of Malta, between 14 and 19 October 2012. (The General Meeting will precede the Conference).
The venue will be the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valletta. The two topics for discussion will be "Self Assessment: Issues and Challenges", and "ICT as a platform for modern revenue administration”.
To register for the conference, please log in to the members area and select "register for 2012 conference" from the left sidebar to download the registration form, hotel booking form and essential advice on obtaining a visa. Please note that the closing date for registration is 31 July 2012.
The 32nd Annual Technical Conference was held at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo, the warm capital of Sri Lanka, from the 18th to the 23rd September 2011. It was opened by Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Planning and Ministry of Economic Development, Sri Lanka (video of the opening ceremony below). The two theme topics for this year, Transfer Pricing and Taxpayer Education as a Compliance Tool proved to be very popular among participants. With presentations from various Member States together with others from international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Inter American Centre for Tax Administrations (CIAT) and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), the discussions proved to be as intense as they were diverse. The conference host, the Department of Inland Revenue under the leadership of the Commissioner General Mr K. M. S. Kandegedara made the conference especially interesting with incredible social events during some evenings. CATA wishes to extend its profound gratitude to the people of Sri Lanka for the warm hospitality they extended to participants during the Conference. Ayubowan !!!
The 31st Annual Technical conference was held in Abuja Nigeria from the 10th to the 16th October 2010, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel. With over 100 delegates and observers from CATA member states, international organisations and from the various States of Nigeria the conference was a resounding success. The two topics, on Taxation of Specialised Sectors and Exchange of Information: Domestic and International, proved to be very popular and evoked lengthy and fruitful discussions. In the Nigerian spirit of making visitors feel the warm hospitality and vibrancy of Nigeria the Executive Chairman Mrs Ifueko Omoigui Okauru and her Local Organising Committee chaired by Ms Sofura Seghosime also ensured that delegates were constantly wondering what each night’s entertainment held in store for them. CATA 2010 Nigeria will remain in the hearts and minds of the delegates for many years to come. Well done Nigeria in your Golden Jubilee year.
30th Annual Technical Conference and 11th General Meeting, Lilongwe, Malawi, 28 September to 2 October 2009
Arrangements for this year's Conference and General Meeting are now well advanced. Please log in to the members area for the latest information, to access conference papers and to link to the dedicated conference web site.
It has been confirmed that the conference to be hosted this year by Malawi will be held in Lilongwe, and not Mangochi as stated in Circular 2 of 2009. The venue will be the Crossroads Hotel, Lilongwe. The conference dates and topics are unchanged.
To register for the conference, log in to the members area and download the registration form. Please note that a fresh registration is required if you registered prior to the venue change. The revised closing date for registration is 15 May 2009.
To download a copy of form GID/1, log in to the members area and select "funding".
The 29th CATA Technical Conference will be hosted by Cameroon from 9 to 14 November 2008. Delegates will consider the following topics:
1. "The role of taxation in economic development"
2. "Information technology – opportunities and challenges for tax administrations".
To register for the conference, log in to the members area and download the registration form. Please note that the closing date for registration is 31 May 2008.
To download a copy of form GID/1, log in to the members area and select "funding".
CATA's 28th annual technical conference was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi from 5 to 10 August 2007. It was attended by 132 delegates including 112 delegates from 29 member countries and 12 special guests representing non-member countries China, Japan, Morocco, Rwanda, Sweden, Thailand and the United States. Eight delegates from international organisations including IMF, DFID, GTZ, EU and SADC also attended as special guests.
The conference, inaugurated by the Honourable Minister for Finance, Mr. Amos Kimunya, was an outstanding success, both in terms of the technical content and the excellent organisational arrangements made and hospitality extended by the Kenya Revenue Authority.
CATA Secretariat places on record its deepest appreciation and gratitude to the Government of Kenya, the Kenya Revenue Authority and each and every official of KRA who was involved in the conference organisation.
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The General Meeting, held on 13 August, chose a new Management Committee to oversee the affairs of the Association for the next three years. The Management Committee elected Mr Mustapha Mosafeer (Director, Large Taxpayers Department, Mauritius Revenue Authority) as its Chairman, and Mr John McGinley (United Kingdom) as Vice Chairman. Mrs Sabina Walcott-Denny (Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Barbados) was elected as the new President of CATA.
Further details will be posted as these become available.