International Activities

 

DATE
MEETING NAME
DESCRIPTION
VENUE
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
CONTACT PERSON

19 – 20 January

ATAF Strategy and Planning meeting

Adoption of the 2017 calendar activities and discussions around the Secretariat strategies and approaches to meeting ATAF’s strategic objectives.

Pretoria, RSA

ATAF Secretariat, GIZ, Consultant

Romeo Nkoulou Ella:
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30 – 31 January

Technical Committee Meeting for Legal Counsel

Meeting to review Legal initiatives and advise administrations accordingly. They include; Challenges and opportunities, reviewing Agreement on Mutual Assistance on Tax Matters and ATAF Agreement.

Johannesburg, RSA

Technical Committee members

Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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01-02 March

VAT Tech.

Meeting

ATAF will develop work on domestic taxes issues. This technical meeting invites VAT exerts from member countries to discuss a variety of VAT-related issues. The result of the meeting will be the formation of a Technical Committee on VAT

Blantyre, Malawi

Relevant member countries

Ralf Uhl:
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8-10 March

Country correspondents meeting

The meeting will review roles of country correspondents and seek ways of improving them. Activities for 2016 and plan for 2017 will form the basis of engagement.

Cape Town, RSA

ATAF Secretariat, Country correspondents

Kennedy Onyonyi:
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16 – 17 March

Trade Mispricing consultative expert meeting

The objective is to discuss and develop the research design to be implemented in conducting field country studies; define clear Customs Compliance Training and a Technical assistance/Join audit programmes.

Pretoria, RSA

Interested ATAF members, Senior officials from Customs, Ministries of Finance and Ministries of Trade and Industry.

 

Ms Mary Baine :
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Dr Nara Monkam : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

21 – 24 March

ATAF/UN Workshop on Tax Treaties & BEPs

This workshop will aim to: (i) strengthen the technical capacity of participants in dealing with tax treaties and in addressing relevant BEPS-related issues; (ii) raise awareness on, discuss and analyse the latest developments in the relevant work of the UN Tax Committee and of the OECD on BEPS

Nairobi, Kenya

Tax treaty interpreters, negotiators and implementers

Kennedy Onyonyi :
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24 March

ATAF/UNECA Side event on Trade Mispricing on the margins of the Ministers of Finance Meeting

Objectives of the Side Event are to:

Raise awareness on the revenues lost to trade mispricing; Sensitise ministers of finance of current activities being undertaken by African stakeholders of combating IFFs; Gain Ministerial support to increase nexus between Customs and Tax administrations among others

 

Dakar, Senegal

Heads and senior officials of African Ministries of Finance and heads of Tax Administrations; Selected representatives of international and continental organisations, as well as from the private sector and academic institutions

Ms Mary Baine :
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Dr Nara Monkam :
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27 – 29 March

Short Course on Compliance Risk Management and Fraud Detection                 

 

This is an introductory course aimed at enhancing participants risk profiling capabilities and means of detecting and managing fraud.

   Pretoria, RSA

Compliance risk management and audit officers

Caroline Mutayabarwa :
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29 – 31 March

Council sub-committee meetings

Meeting of the sub-committees of the ATAF Council (GOC, RCD, FAC)

 

ATAF Council members, ATAF Secretariat

Romeo Nkoulou Ella :
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Tanya Magardie :
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3 – 7 April

Joint Executive Masters’ in Taxation Graduation Ceremony/ EMT Francophone Oral Defense

Final oral test of EMT-Francophone; 2 day- workshop on presentation and promotion of 6 top Transfer Projects/Master’s theses in front of a high level panel as well as ½ day Graduation Ceremony

Pretoria, RSA

EMT students, Tax administrations’ Representatives (Strategic Planning, Training Divisions), Diplomatic Representatives

Dr Nara Monkam :
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Ms Celia Berchtold :
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6-7 April

Independent Technical Assistance Panel meeting

 

The first meeting of the Panel will discuss the series of demand-driven requests that have come through to ATAF. It will also map out how request should be handled or declined

Pretoria, RSA

Members of the Panel

Ralf Uhl :
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10 - 12 April

Short Course on Revenue Forecasting and Analysis (French)  

This is a course to be conducted in French that aims at introducing participants to concepts of forecasting revenue and analysing trends using available statics for management decision making.

Pretoria, RSA

Research and technical officers involved in target setting, monitoring and evaluation

Nthabiseng Mushi :
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21 April

Council meeting 1  

Meeting of the Council of ATAF

Pretoria, RSA

ATAF Council Members, ATAF Secretariat

Romeo Nkoulou Ella :
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Tanya Magardie :
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24 – 25 April

ATO Consultative Meeting                 

                 

This consultative meeting aims at establishing a common understanding of the structure, the themes and the indicators used in the annual publication as well as the ATO Data Repository and Guide book. It also aims at

updating newly joined countries on the ATO process.

 

Abuja, Nigeria (TBC)

Tax administrations’ Heads of research, strategic planning, and Revenue statistics, forecast and analysis

Dr Nara Monkam:
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Mr Frankie Mbuyamba:
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9-10 May

CBT Tech. workshop

 

Details of the workshop shall be provided at a later stage

To be determined

To be determined

Mary Baine:
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10 – 12 May

ATRN/ICTD capacity building

Strengthening the research capacity of researchers who are already working in the area of taxation but who feel their work could be improved with more rigorous and international accepted methods. This is a ’hands on’ learning where researchers will receive practical feedback on how to improve and disseminate their research.

Luanda, Angola (TBC)

Junior to mid-career Tax administrations’ researchers who are working on a paper in the area of taxation. Open to young Researchers from African Universities

Dr Nara Monkam:
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Mr Eugenio Bras:
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15 – 18 May

Short course for CSOs & Bilateral Donors

To those interested in or working on tax and public resource mobilization, this course offers an opportunity to update their knowledge and understanding of current tax issues and trends in developing countries. The following modules are offered: The Role of Taxation in Development; International Taxation; Sub-National Taxation; and the Experience of Tax Administrations

 

Tanzania (TBC)

Non-technical audience from tax administrations, civil society organisations (CSOs), bilateral and multilateral donors, private foundations

Dr Nara Monkam:
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Mr Frankie Mbuyamba:
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17 – 18 May

VAT Tech. Comm. Meeting

The first meeting of the ATAF VAT Technical Committee will discuss the outcomes of the ATAF Technical Meeting on VAT as well as map out the products to be developed and delivered by the TC

Pretoria, RSA

To be determined

Bernd Schlenther:
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22 – 26 May

52nd Annual AfDB Meetings

 

ATAF is looking to partner with another African multilateral organisation to bring to the attention of the continent the need to foster legislative changes in international taxation to collect additional revenue.

Ahmedabad, India

To be determined

Thulani Shongwe:
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24 – 26 May

ICT Workshop

Details of the workshop shall be provided at a later stage

To be determined

To be determined

To be determined

29 – 30 May

Parliament. Training course                 

The meeting aims at empowering Parliamentarians with knowledge about tax matters to enable them discharge their legislative duties effectively

To be determined

Members of Parliamentary committees on Finance, Trade and Investment

Kennedy Onyonyi:
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01 – 02 June

Expert Consultative Workshop for EMT ENG & EMT FRN Curriculum review                 

Review of the EMT Curriculum in order to match the real needs of Tax administrations; Identify new potential partners for the programme; Review & downscale the EMT tuition fees

To be determined

Experts from Tax administrations (Strategic planning, Training departments), tax experts from academia, top EMT students, EMT partners

Dr Nara Monkam:
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Ms Celia Berchtold:
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5-6 June

Corporate taxpayer engagement             

The programme aims at discerning the needs of corporate taxpayers with a view to seeking means of intervention to ensure compliance

Pretoria, RSA

Leading corporate taxpayers and officers in charge of large taxpayers’ functions

Mary Baine:
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7-8 June

Tax policy/admin meeting

To ensure seamless interaction between tax administrations and parent ministrations. It will introduce policy proposals made by ATAF member countries to representatives of Finance ministries who will be present

To be determined

Policy officers in tax administrations and heads of fiscal functions in ministries of finance

 

Mary Baine:
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19 – 21 June

Integrity assurance workshop                 

The workshop brings together integrity champions in tax administrations to enhance collaboration in eradicating corruption in tax administration

Pretoria, RSA

Integrity Assurance and Corruption Prevention champions in tax administrations

Kennedy Onyonyi:
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22-23 June

Tax policy/admin Conference

The conference will provide a platform for information sharing among tax administrations and finance ministries on selected topical issues

To be determined

Officers from policy units in tax administrations and ministry of finance officers

Mary Baine:
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23 June

Launch of the 2nd Edition of the ATO

Establish this publication as an African flagship publication in taxation, i.e. a source of reliable information on taxation that will serve as an African and global reference to assist in formulating tax policies, and tax administrations’ reforms on the continent, as well as to be an important barometer for business.

South Africa (TBC)

Commissioners General and Heads of Tax administrations, Heads of research, strategic planning, and Revenue statistic, forecast and analysis, Senior officials from MoF, Media, Development partners, private sector, academia, International organisations

Dr Nara Monkam:
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Mr Frankie Mbuyamba:
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3 – 7 July

Intermediate Seminar on Tax Audit FRE

Details of the seminar shall be provided at a later stage

To be determined

To be determined

Kennedy Onyonyi:
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12 – 14 July

ICT Conference

Details of the Conference topic shall be provided at a later stage

To be determined

To be determined

Kennedy Onyonyi:
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20 – 21 July

Strategy & Planning Meeting

Mid-year review of ATAF work plan and strategy

TBC

ATAF Secretariat, Country correspondents, Consultants

Ediretse Mokara:
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Maurice Ochieng:
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26 – 28 July

ATO Capacity building

The objectives of the workshop are among others to ensure that Collectors have a common understanding of ATO data collection processes, Collectors are assisted in understanding the definition of indicators and collection of the relevant data and Peer learning exchange

 

Monrovia, Liberia (TBC)

Focal persons/data collectors from tax administrations’ research, strategic planning, and Revenue statistic, forecast and analysis

Dr Nara Monkam:
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Mr Frankie Mbuyamba:
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16 – 17 August

Parliament. Training course

The meeting aims at empowering Parliamentarians with knowledge about tax matters to enable them discharge their legislative duties effectively

TBD

Members of Parliamentary committees on Finance, Trade and Investment

Kennedy Onyonyi:
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16 -18 August

Council sub-committee meetings

Meeting of the sub-committees of the ATAF Council (GOC, RCD, FAC)

TBD

ATAF Council members, ATAF Secretariat

Romeo Nkoulou Ella :
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Tanya Magardie :
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21 – 22 August

Corporate taxpayer engagement             

The programme aims at discerning the needs of corporate taxpayers with a view to seeking means of intervention to ensure compliance.

Pretoria, RSA

Leading corporate taxpayers and officers in charge of large taxpayers’ functions

Mary Baine:
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4 – 6 September

3rd ATRN Congress

The ATRN creates potential synergies and linkage areas between academics and tax officials from ATAF member countries. The ATRN, an ATAF body, promotes a well-conducted evidence-based research on African tax matters and an African dialogue based through leadership, which is vital to the success of tax reforms in Africa

TBC

ATAF Members academics, practitioners, policy-makers and independent tax researchers in Africa, ATRN Board members

Dr Nara Monkam:
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Ms Desire Ottner:
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11-12 September

Council meeting 2 / Donor meeting

Meeting of the Council of ATAF, including a meeting with donors

 

ATAF Council Members, Donors

Romeo Nkoulou Ella :
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Tanya Magardie :
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12-15 September

3rd ICTA Conference

Details of this Conference shall be provided at a later stage

Nigeria

To be determined

To be determined

12-13 September

CBT Technical Committee meeting

This meeting will look at the outcomes of the OECD Working Parties 1, 6 and 11. It will further discuss the ATAF Model Legislation on Interest Deductibility and the Approved OECD Approach

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

To be determined

Thulani Shongwe:
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27-29 September

ATO Validation workshop

The objectives of the workshop are among others to: Present the draft annual ATO outline to the Heads of Research; Receive feedback on preliminary descriptive statistics and trends; Validate the data and the preliminary results

 

Abuja, Nigeria (TBC)

Tax administrations’ Heads of research, strategic planning, and Revenue statistic, forecast and analysis

Dr Nara Monkam:
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Mr Frankie Mbuyamba:
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12 – 13 October

Independent Technical Assistance Panel meeting

The second meeting of the Panel for the year will analyse the trend patterns and any challenges experienced in delivering technical assistance.

Pretoria, RSA

To be determined

Ralf Uhl:
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25 October

CBT Tech.comm meeting

This meeting will be on the margins of the 3rd ICTA Conference and will showcase the ATAF Model Interest Deductibility Legislation

To be determined

To be determined

Thulani Shongwe:
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26 – 27 October

Regional Technical workshop on Tax treaties

As part of the CBT Technical Committee’s awareness campaign, a workshop for East and Southern Africa’s is scheduled to highlight the treaties issues encountered post-BEPS as well as in the technical assistance through the country programmes

Kampala, Uganda

To be determined

Thulani Shongwe:
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30 - 31 October

VAT Tech. Comm. Meeting

Members of the Technical Committee will report back to Secretariat on progress made in development of practical tools to assist members in VAT-related challenges such as fraud and compliance.

Pretoria, RSA

To be determined

Bernd Schlenther:
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6-7 November

ICT Workshop

Details of the workshop shall be provided at a later stage

To be determined

To be determined

Kennedy Onyonyi:
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23 – 24 November

Training of Trainers (Francophone)

Following on the success of the train-the-trainer Anglophone, the French version of the event is designed to build capacity in the area of transfer pricing among francophone experts

Yaoundé, Cameroon

To be determined

Thulani Shongwe:
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Kennedy Onyonyi:
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