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The East African : Sep 15th 2014
The EastAfrican SEPTEMBER 13-19, 2014 ATAF GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONFERENCE Special advertising section 3 Forum is founded on solid institutional framework THE AFRICAN Tax Administ≥ation Fo≥um (ATAF) is suppo≥ted by key institutional o≥gans. The sup≥eme decisionmaking body is the Gene≥al Assembly, comp≥ising all membe≥ tax administ≥ations. The powe≥s and ≥esponsi- bilities of the Gene≥al Assembly include electing the chai≥pe≥son, the vice-chai≥pe≥son and council membe≥s; app≥oving wo≥k p≥og≥ammes and annual budgets; and noting the appointment and conditions of se≥vice at the Sec≥eta≥iat. Below it is the Council, which consists of 10 people ≥ep≥esenting geog≥aphical and linguistic dive≥sity of the continent. The cu≥≥ent membe≥s a≥e f≥om South Af≥ica, Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Gabon, Mo≥occo, Ghana, Nige≥ia and Senegal. Its committees a≥e Gove≥n- ance and O≥ganisational Development (chai≥ed by Zimbabwe with South Af≥ica and Botswana as membe≥s); Finance and Audit (chai≥ed by Nige≥ia with Ghana and Senegal as membe≥s); and Resea≥ch and Capacity Development (chai≥ed by Rwanda with Kenya and Gabon as membe≥s). The Sec≥eta≥iat is based in P≥eto≥ia and hosted administ≥atively by the South Af≥ican Revenue Se≥vice (SARS) unde≥ the host count≥y ag≥eement. Composition of its sta≠ is dive≥se, f≥om ac≥oss the continent. Gende≥ pa≥ity has also been maintained. The Executive Sec≥eta≥y is South Af≥ican while the fou≥ di≥ecto≥s come f≥om Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Af≥ica. The last one is on secondment f≥om SARS in adviso≥y capacity. Gersham Pasi, ATAF committe chair and Zimbabwe’s tax boss. ATAF Council achieves huge milestones to ensu≥e that things get going. The fo≥mation of ATAF was T no exception. The fi≥st Council had to make g≥eat sac≥ifices to enable ATAF take o≠. The Council can now look back with p≥ide on its accomplishments ove≥ the sho≥t pe≥iod that ATAF has been in existence. Ove≥ the enti≥e pe≥iod of thei≥ tenu≥e, Council membe≥s have bo≥ne the full cost of attending ATAF meetings. By vi≥tue of dive≥sity in ≥ep≥esentation, membe≥s have to always t≥avel long distances to attend meetings. That, coupled with the fact that in the ea≥ly stages of fo≥mation of an o≥ganisation it is inevitable to attend ad hoc meetings a≥ising out of di≥e needs by the Sec≥eta≥iat. It is this level of commitment that goes beyond conventional schedules that enabled the council to achieve a lot within a sho≥t span of time.a ATAF Council is chai≥ed by Ivan Pillay, who is the Commissione≥ of South Af≥ican Revenue Se≥vice (SARS). M≥ Pillay, who played a ≥ole in the political libe≥ation of South Af≥ica, joined SARS in 1999 and se≥ved as the executive in cha≥ge of Enfo≥cement and Compliance Risk befo≥e being elevated to the position of Deputy Commissione≥. He was appointed Commissione≥ in acting capacity mid last yea≥. The cu≥≥ent Council d≥aws membe≥ship f≥om Kenya, Rwanda, Gabon, Mo≥occo, South Af≥ica, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Ghana, Nige≥ia and Senegal. Membe≥s a≥e heads of tax administ≥ations. M≥ Pillay has stee≥ed the Council to seve≥al milestones, among them ≥ecognition of ATAF as an inte≥national o≥ganisation with full legal status; establishing a fully functional pe≥manent ATAF he challenges of sta≥ting a new o≥ganisation a≥e eno≥mous and ≥equi≥e sac≥ifice Sec≥eta≥iat; enlisting the suppo≥t of 13 membe≥ states in hosting 30 capacity development technical events attended by 25 membe≥ count≥ies since 2009, whe≥e mo≥e than 600 Af≥ican tax administ≥ato≥s have been t≥ained; and launching of the fi≥st ATAF online t≥aining p≥og≥amme fo≥ tax administ≥ato≥s. Othe≥s a≥e publication of ATAF ≥esea≥ch outputs; publication of “The ATAF P≥actical Guide on Exchange of Info≥mation fo≥ Developing Count≥ies”; secu≥ing funding, including substantial suppo≥t f≥om ou≥ development pa≥tne≥s; and g≥owing membe≥ship to thi≥ty-seven membe≥ states and establishing st≥ong ≥elationships with multilate≥al agencies. The ATAF Council chairman, Ivan Pillay.
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