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The East African : Sep 15th 2014
The EastAfrican 2 Special advertising section ATAF GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 13-19, 2014 Tanzania welcomes delegates to 3rd ATAF Conference Welcome speech by Commissioner-General and conference host Rished Bade Tax Administ≥ation Fo≥um (ATAF) in Da≥ es Salaam this week. The Gene≥al Assembly Con- I fe≥ence ≥uns f≥om Septembe≥ 15-19. This comes hot on the heels of the Af≥ican Tax Dialogue, which we hosted in A≥usha in July. It is ou≥ pleasu≥e to facilitate p≥ocesses which will empowe≥ Af≥ica in its endeavou≥ to be self-su∞cient in ≥esou≥ce mobilisation. Tanzania occupies a unique position on the Af≥ican continent. It is the seat of the East Af≥ican Community (EAC), it also has Mt Kilimanja≥o, the ≥oof of the Af≥ican continent, it is the o≥igin of the eighth wonde≥ of the wo≥ld — the annual wilde≥beest mig≥ation — and above all, it is home to a humble, hospitable people. The delegates will enjoy the t≥ue expe≥ience of Tanzania. It is g≥atifying to see 38 Af≥ican nations, alongside key development pa≥tne≥s, gathe≥ in Tanzania this week to discuss tax issues. In addition, we shall play host to academicians and ≥esea≥che≥s to complete the equation of key pa≥ticipants. The theme of this yea≥’s confe≥ence is “Rethinking Leade≥ship and Management St≥ategies in the Af≥ican Tax Agenda”. The topic seeks to ≥ally Af≥ican tax administ≥ations towa≥ds ope≥ational e∞ciency and e≠ectiveness th≥ough adoption of mundane leade≥ship and management styles to keep in tandem with oppo≥tunities eme≥ging in Af≥ica in t is, indeed, a g≥eat p≥ivilege fo≥ Tanzania to host the 3≥d Gene≥al Assembly of the Af≥ican pa≥ticula≥ and the wo≥ld at la≥ge, and thus ≥eap benefits th≥ough taxation. Af≥ican tax administ≥ations have inc≥easingly invested in automation. Howeve≥, all these e≠o≥ts can be in vain if the≥e is no co≥≥esponding investment in human capital. Equally impo≥tant is thinking beyond ≥evenue ta≥gets and emb≥acing co≥po≥ate gove≥nance. We a≥e ope≥ating in an e≥a of t≥anspa≥ency and accountability and this calls fo≥ the emb≥acing of ethics and integ≥ity if we a≥e to elicit public confidence which ultimately would lead to volunta≥y compliance. The confe≥ence will also delve into global tax issues as we have to seek ways of taking advantage of oppo≥tunities that a≥ise in the global tax a≥ena and also see how to mitigate ≥esultant ≥isks. These a≥e the key issues in a nutshell. Tanzania Revenue Autho≥- ity is glad to associate with the Af≥ican Tax Administ≥ation Fo≥um. ATAF has a unique association with East Af≥ica in that it was bo≥n in Uganda in 2009, when it was launched by the P≥esident of Uganda, His Excellency Yowe≥i Museveni. Kenya and Rwanda have been membe≥s of the council since inception. Bu≥undi has been an active membe≥ and so has Tanzania. The≥efo≥e, it is a unique p≥ivilege fo≥ East Af≥ica to host this confe≥ence cou≥tesy of TRA. It is wo≥th noting that the East Af≥ican Community is cu≥≥ently conducting a joint t≥aining p≥og≥amme of tax t≥eaties fo≥ Af≥ican Tax Administ≥ations in collabo≥ation with ATAF and the Ge≥man Keynote address “WE ARE OPERATING IN AN ERA OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND THIS CALLS FOR THE EMBRACING OF ETHICS AND INTEGRITY IF WE ARE TO ELICIT PUBLIC CONFIDENCE WHICH ULTIMATELY WOULD LEAD TO VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE” Rished Bade, CommissionerGeneral TRA, and Conference host. Tax officials benefit from ATAF training ONE OF ATAF’s flagship activities is t≥aining. The o≥ganisation unde≥takes t≥ain- ing p≥og≥ammes to enhance the quality of manpowe≥ in the continent with the aim of upscaling ope≥ational e∞ciency in tax administ≥ation. The t≥aining p≥og≥ammes a≥e based on needs of membe≥s. Since its launch in 2009, ATAF has t≥ained mo≥e than 600 sta≠ f≥om a c≥oss-section of tax administ≥ations in dive≥se a≥eas. Among the a≥eas in which t≥aining has been unde≥taken so fa≥ a≥e tax audit, tax t≥eaties, ≥evenue fo≥ecasting and analysis, tax investigations, t≥ansfe≥ p≥icing, exchange of info≥mation tax compliance, taxpaye≥ se≥vices, VAT audits and VAT in financial se≥vices secto≥. Recently, ATAF int≥oduced a blended lea≥ning p≥og≥amme which entails online t≥aining conducted seamlessly with class≥oom semina≥s. The p≥og≥amme has p≥oved to be popula≥ as the fo≥me≥ gives an oppo≥tunity to an even la≥ge≥ numbe≥ of tax o∞cials to pa≥ticipate. Fu≥the≥, it p≥epa≥es pa≥ticipants adequately fo≥ the class≥oom semina≥s, thus making facilitation of the semina≥s mo≥e p≥oductive. The t≥aining p≥og≥ammes a≥e fa- cilitated with the pa≥ticipation of wo≥ld-class ≥esou≥ce pe≥sons cou≥tesy of ATAF’s multilate≥al engagement p≥og≥amme. The events have always elicited pa≥ticipation of dive≥se count≥ies, giving pa≥ticipants an oppo≥tunity to d≥aw f≥om the vast ≥ese≥voi≥ of expe≥ience within its ≥anks. Hosting of t≥aining events is also sp≥ead ac≥oss the continent, thus giving pa≥ticipants an oppo≥tunity fo≥ exposu≥e to di≠e≥ent wo≥k cultu≥es. The fact that the≥e is no limit to membe≥ count≥ies to host t≥aining events is an indication of the value they attach to human capital development. T≥aining and capacity develop- ment is stee≥ed at Council level by the T≥aining, Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Committee chai≥ed by Richa≥d Tusabe, the Commissione≥-Gene≥al of Rwanda Revenue Autho≥ity. Othe≥ membe≥s of the committee a≥e Kenya and Gabon. All Africa Conference of Churches ,IBIAM House 5th Inte≥national Co-ope≥ation (GIZ). We app≥eciate this gestu≥e as a best p≥actice that can be ≥eplicated in othe≥ pa≥ts of the continent. ATAF has given membe≥s an Floor Waiyaki way P.O Box 50424-00200 Nairobi-Kenya.Tel.+254(020)4440377 E-mail email@example.com web-www.galaxyfiscal.com We render full range of taxation services to niche clients within the East Africa community states and beyond. We are a member of W.T.S Alliance which is a network of independent tax consulting firms committed to providing high quality consulting and support on an international level. “Rethinking Leadership and Management Strategies in African Tax Agenda” oppo≥tunity to influence global dialogue by p≥oviding a collective Af≥ican voice. Th≥ough active pa≥ticipation in global tax fo≥ums, ATAF has managed to a≥ticulate issues of conce≥n to the continent with one voice. In addition, th≥ough studies conducted whose outputs have been fed into the inte≥national tax debate, Af≥ica has been acco≥ded the oppo≥tunity to influence global tax policy. Fu≥the≥, the Base E≥osion and P≥ofit Shifting (BEPS) p≥ocess, has given Af≥ica the oppo≥tunity to lend its voice to the debate on global illicit financial flows. It is g≥atifying that these achievements a≥e being celeb≥ated in Tanzania this week. It is my pleasu≥e to welcome all delegates and t≥ust that they will find the engagements du≥ing the week useful and beneficial. Tax officers attend an ATAF training event.
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