The ATAF’s ATO was successfully launched on 26th June 2016 with 15 member countries - Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. In 2016, twenty-one (21) member countries participated in this second edition which is expected to be published and launched in August 2017: the 6 additional countries were Benin, Botswana, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zambia. Both editions of the ATO publication bring together valuable, practical and relevant descriptive and analytical information on tax issues from 2010 to 2016. The publication assesses and compares participating countries against indicators in four broad categories: tax bases, tax structure, revenue performance, and tax administration. These indicators are crucial to African tax authorities as they implement reforms and policies to broaden the tax base, narrow tax gaps, simplify and improve fairness in tax systems, enhance overall voluntary compliance, and keep policy makers informed on tax matters.
The African Tax Research Network (ATRN), hosted by the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), is a platform of choice for African tax research that aims to facilitate African capacity for credible research in tax policy, administration, law and leadership. The ATRN was created to meet the need for identifying potential synergies and linkage areas between academics and tax officials from the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) member countries.
As Africa seeks to mobilise its domestic resources to fund its development, the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) has developed a unique Executive Master’s in Taxation (EMT) programme for both, Francophone and Anglophone Africa with the aim to generate a pool of tax leaders, policy makers and administrators to enhance African expertise. Both programmes, Anglophone and Francophone, are instruments of the ATAF capacity development programme.
The African Tax Administrations Forum features an extensive background in rendering technical assistance to the tax administrations from numerous member-countries, including the sub-national tax administrations, customs and exceptionally, ATAF non-member countries.