The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) was inspired by the deliberations at the “International Conference on Taxation, State Building and Capacity Development in Africa” held in Pretoria, South Africa from 28 - 29 August 2008. Commissioners, Senior Tax Administrators and Policy Makers from 28 African countries resolved to work towards the establishment of an African Tax Administration Forum.
ATAF was thus established in order to create a platform to promote and facilitate mutual cooperation among African Tax Administrations and other relevant and interested stakeholders with the aim of improving the efficiency of their tax legislation and administration.
It is an African program reflecting African needs and strategies. The work and program priorities of the Forum will be driven and managed by African countries, with the support of donor agencies, other tax administrations and international organisations.
Establishment of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF)
The African Tax Administration Forum was established with the purpose of:
- laying a strong basis for a new approach to African taxation, state building and capacity development;
- establishing and developing bilateral and continental networks to regularly exchange ideas on the lessons learned and good practice on all issues of taxation;
- examining ways to improve systems and mechanisms in African tax administrations through the sharing of experiences and developing relevant best practices;
- engaging in an ongoing dialogue with their counterparts from OECD countries, other multi-lateral organisations and other relevant organisations on sustainable partnerships in support and development of African tax administrations, systems and institutional capacity; and
- ensuring greater synergy and cooperation in capacity development among all relevant stakeholders in order to reduce duplication and give greater support to African Tax Administrations.