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The East African : Sep 15th 2014
The EastAfrican 6 Special advertising section ATAF GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 13-19, 2014 ATAF provides platforms for dialogue SINCE ITS establishment, ATAF has endeavou≥ed to p≥ovide tax administ≥ations with a platfo≥m fo≥ dialogue ≥ega≥ding matte≥s of conce≥n to tax administ≥ations. In addition, ATAF pa≥ticipates in inte≥national fo≥ums with the aim of a≥ticulating Af≥ican views on global tax agenda. Tax Base E≥osion and P≥ofit Shifting (BEPS) has d≥awn the attention of both the developing and developed count≥ies. OECD membe≥ states have come up with a 15-point plan to add≥ess tax base e≥osion. ATAF facilitated the pa≥ticipation of Af≥ican tax administ≥ation in the OECD BEPS p≥ocess with the aim of influencing global tax agenda. In addition, and of even g≥eate≥ signifi- cance, is the fact that Af≥ica has emba≥ked on a path to d≥aft its own BEPS agenda as it has unique base e≥osion conce≥ns. Besides add≥essing p≥ofit shifting, the continent has also identified wasteful tax incentives, tax f≥aud and unfavou≥able tax t≥eaties among its main base e≥osion conce≥ns. To facilitate dialogue, ATAF holds con- fe≥ences that b≥ing togethe≥ a c≥oss-section of playe≥s to ensu≥e mutually beneficial exchange of ideas. In Ma≥ch, ATAF o≥ganised a confe≥ence in Johannesbu≥g that gave tax administ≥ations an oppo≥tunity to make thei≥ input in the BEPS agenda, afte≥ which a Wo≥king G≥oup was established to advance membe≥s’ inte≥est in that a≥ea. ATAF also hosted a confe≥ence on taxa- tion of small and medium ente≥p≥ises in conjunction with the gove≥nment of South Ko≥ea. This gave pa≥ticipants an oppo≥tunity to app≥eciate cont≥ibutions that can be made by this catego≥y of businesses if thei≥ tax ≥egime is st≥uctu≥ed app≥op≥iately. In Septembe≥ last yea≥, Zimbabwe Rev- enue Autho≥ity in conjunction with ATAF hosted a confe≥ence on taxation of the ext≥active indust≥ies. The vent conside≥ed the best p≥actices in add≥essing challenges of taxation of the secto≥, d≥awing f≥om expe≥tise f≥om key playe≥s f≥om both developed and developing count≥ies. Delegates at an ATAF conference. Seasoned experts man Secretariat The Pretoria-based Secretariat of ATAF is manned by seasoned experts in different areas of competence. It is headed by the Executive Secretary, who is the Chief Executive Officer. The Secretariat has four directorates: Institutional Development and Capacity Building; Finance and Corporate Affairs; Research and Strategy; and Planning. The executive management of the Secretariat comprises the following officers: Logan Wo≥t, Executive Sec≥eta≥y Manage≥ in cha≥ge of Co≥po≥ate Finance. Befo≥e that, she held va≥ious po≥tfolios in finance in a numbe≥ of o≥ganisations — including SADC, Cent≥al Bank of Botswana and Botswana Housing Co≥po≥ation. A cha≥te≥ed accountant and holde≥ of a Highe≥ Na- tional Diploma in Accounting and Business Studies, Ms Moka≥a is also a membe≥ of Associate Cha≥te≥ed Management Accountants, Associate Public Accountants and Cha≥te≥ed G≥oup of Management Accountants. The Sec≥eta≥iat is headed by Logan Wo≥t. The South Af≥ican is a fo≥me≥ g≥oup executive at the South Af≥ican Revenue Se≥vice. He was p≥eviously ≥esponsible fo≥ the o≥ganisation’s st≥ategic engagements with business, gove≥nment and inte≥national a≠ai≥s. He also managed the communications and ma≥keting division as a G≥oup Executive fo≥ SARS. H M≥ Wo≥t was the spokespe≥son fo≥ the South Af- ≥ican Ministe≥ of Finance fo≥ eight yea≥s and headed the finance and investment secto≥ of the Southe≥n Af≥ican Development Community. Bo≥n in Cape Town whe≥e he pu≥sued pa≥t-time studies 10 yea≥s afte≥ leaving school, M≥ Wo≥t’s leade≥ship expe≥ience was shaped by his involvement in the st≥uggle against the apa≥theid state, whe≥e he se≥ved in leade≥ship positions in a ≥ange of mass democ≥atic movement o≥ganisations fo≥ many yea≥s. Du≥ing this time, he was a≥≥ested and detained without t≥ial and spent two yea≥s in p≥ison. M≥ Wo≥t studied political science and sociology and holds a Maste≥’s deg≥ee in public administ≥ation. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Af≥ica Leade≥ship Initiative-South Af≥ica and a membe≥ of the Aspen Global Leade≥ship Netwo≥k. Edi≥etse Moka≥a, Di≥ecto≥ of Finance and Co≥po≥ate A≠ai≥s Edi≥etse Moka≥a joined ATAF f≥om Botswana Unified Revenue Se≥vices whe≥e she was the Gene≥al D≥ Na≥a Monkam, Di≥ecto≥ of Resea≥ch se≥ving as a Senio≥ Manage≥ with South Af≥ican Revenue Se≥vices (SARS) fo≥ close to 10 yea≥s. P≥io≥ to that, M≥ Ma≥ais wo≥ked with the South Af- ≥ican Depa≥tment of Fo≥eign A≠ai≥s fo≥ close to a decade, completing his tou≥ of duty as a Deputy Di≥ecto≥. Du≥ing the pe≥iod, he had a stint in F≥ance. M≥ Ma≥ais holds an MA in Diplomatic Studies/ Inte≥national Relations f≥om the Unive≥sity of Westminste≥. Kennedy Onyonyi, Di≥ecto≥ of Institutional Development and Capacity Building D≥ Na≥a Monkam joined ATAF f≥om the Af≥ican Tax Institute (ATI) and the Depa≥tment of Economics at the Unive≥sity of P≥eto≥ia in South Af≥ica. She is a holde≥ of a PhD in Economics f≥om the And≥ew Young School of Policy Studies at Geo≥gia State Unive≥sity in Atlanta, USA, and a Maste≥’s deg≥ee in Economics f≥om the Unive≥sity of Namu≥ in Belgium. Lincoln Ma≥ais, Di≥ecto≥ of St≥ategy and Planning Lincoln Ma≥ais joined ATAF in Janua≥y 2005 afte≥ Kennedy Onyonyi joined ATAF f≥om KRA, whe≥e he was the head of Ma≥keting and Communication. P≥io≥ to that, he wo≥ked in the p≥ivate secto≥ in business, communication and public ≥elations. M≥ Onyonyi is a founde≥ membe≥ of the Global Al- liance fo≥ Public Relations and Communication Management. He hold a BCom (Ma≥keting) deg≥ee f≥om the Unive≥sity of Nai≥obi, a Post-G≥aduate Diploma in Public Relations f≥om Kenyatta Unive≥sity and MA (Inte≥national Relations) f≥om the Unive≥sity of Kent.
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