African Tax Outlook

Data and Analysis for Tax Administration and Policy Formulation

The AFRICAN TAX OUTLOOK flagship publication is providing valuable, practical and relevant descriptive and analytical work on tax issues to improve tax administrations and inform tax policy formulation and implementation in Africa.


The ATAF African Tax Outlook – ATO – arose from the necessity to make available tax statistics and analyses pertaining to African tax administrations, with a view to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of member country taxation. Data or information on tax in Africa are a key instrument for:

  • Strategic and fiscal planning 
  • Forecasting and decision-making
  • Economic and national development planning 
  • Fuelling public dialogue 
  • Raising awareness on tax issues at the continental and international levels 
  • Improving cross-country or regional comparisons and benchmarking 
  • Raising the importance of revenue administration performance measurement and management 
  • Bringing the data collection, processing and analysis to the forefront.


To be 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.  

The African Tax Outlook publication is intended to: 

  • Be used for improved cross-country or regional comparisons and benchmarking
  • Provide comparable data on tax policy, tax administration and tax legislation
  • Provide an analysis of the data in terms of taxation trends
  • Identify good practices within the African region to improve on Revenue Administration


Fifteen countries expressed interest in being part of the inaugural African Tax Outlook flagship publication. These countries were highly committed to supporting data collection and analysis. They firmly believed that this flagship publication was a useful tool at any level. 

These countries are: 

  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Mauritius
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • The Gambia
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe


In 2016 six additional countries expressed interest in being part of the African Tax Outlook flagship publication and in total we have twenty-one countries in the second edition.

These additional countries are: Benin, Botswana, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia.


Expression of interest: Countries interested in being part of the African Tax Outlook flagship publication are invited to send a formal expression of interest to the ATAF Secretariat.

Nomination of a Data Collector: interested countries must assign a Data Collector to this project, preferably one who is working on a daily basis with the tax administration's data.

Attendance to Workshop(s): Data Collectors are invited to attend a consultative workshop with the objective of establishing a common understanding of the structure, the themes and the indicators used in the publication as well as the excel data template and guide book.

  1. ATO Consultative Workshop: this is a workshop specifically aimed to bring together the Heads of Research/Strategic Planning/Revenue Statistics of tax administration.
  2. Capacity Building Workshop: this is a workshop specifically aimed at Data collectors of tax administration.
  3. Validation Workshop: this is a workshop specifically aimed at the Heads of Research/Strategic Planning/Revenue Statistics of tax administrations
  4. Data Collection and Analysis: An in-depth analysis is discussed and refined in consultation with the Data Collectors to produce a final publication outline.


The ATO is a project led by African tax administrations. The tax administrations’ Heads of Research fully participated in determining the indicators and themes of the ATO, in developing the data collection tool and guidebook and were heavily involved in validating and analysing the data. The Heads of Research/Statistics/Planning identified critical demand-driven indicators that they deemed necessary to assist in providing strategic direction essential to drive revenue in Africa. The ATO project aimed at embedding the systematic collection of tax statistics in the day-to-day activity of their respective administration work.

ATAF is aware of the needs of its members and will continue to encourage tax authorities to build systems and processes able to provide the quality data needed to improve the functioning of tax administration in Africa. It will continue to assist African countries in building strong, effective and efficient tax systems by providing technical assistance, encouraging excellence through good practice and identifying areas for practicable research. ATAF plans to develop measures and targets that would be routinely monitored which is in line with the African Union 2063.

The African Tax Outlook Publication, printed in English, French and Portuguese, was launched during a major ATAF event and it is available to the public. 

How to be part of the next edition?

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