Calendar of Events

DATE
MEETING NAME
DESCRIPTION
VENUE
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
CONTACT PERSON
31 Jan – 02 Feb Country correspondents meeting The meeting will review roles of country correspondents and seek ways of improving them. Activities for 2016 and plan for 2017 will form the basis of engagement. Johannesburg, South Africa ATAF Secretariat, Country correspondents Mary Baine:
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8 – 9 Feb ATAF Strategy and Planning meeting I Adoption of the 2018 calendar activities and discussions around the Secretariat strategies and approaches to meeting ATAF’s strategic objectives. Pretoria, South Africa ATAF Secretariat, GIZ, Consultant Mokgadi Maila:
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Romeo Ella:
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29 Jan – 02 Feb ATAF/SARS/GFTEOI Training on Beneficial Ownership This training will aim to: (i) strengthen the technical capacity of participants in dealing with issues related to Beneficial ownership; (ii) raise awareness on, discuss and analyse the latest developments in the relevant work of the GFTEOI, ATAF and SARS. Pretoria, South Africa African Tax Administrators (participant profiles to be confirmed), SARS, ATAF Mary Baine:
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Thulani Shongwe:
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Jan - Mar Consultations & meetings with potential partner univ. for the new EMT & A&F In its drive to revamp the Executive Masters in Taxation (EMT), the ATAF Secretariat will hold several consultations with potential partner academic institutions. To be determined (Africa & Europe) Partner universities’ reps. ATAF Secretariat, GIZ Nara Monkam:
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Celia Berchtold:
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20 – 21 Feb 11th Meeting of the CBT Technical Committee Meeting agenda to be communicated to participants in due course. To be determined ATAF Secretariat, Members of the Committee Thulani Shongwe:
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19 – 23 Feb Online Course on Tax Audit from 19 Feb - 18 May The course is designed to equip participants with knowledge, skills and competences relating to tax audit with a highlight on the key audit principles and importance of ethics in tax auditing. Online Officials who have little experience in tax audit Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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Nthabiseng Mushi:
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12 – 13 March 1st Media Engagement & Training Participants will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on tax matters with ATAF tax experts to enrich their understanding of taxation matters and the integrity of their reporting. Pretoria, SA Ideal participants will be business writers, editors as well as media communication officers in tax administrations. Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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14 – 15 March 2nd Meeting of the VAT Technical Committee ATAF set up its Technical Committee on VAT in 2017 in the aim of developing work on domestic taxes issues. This technical meeting invites VAT exerts from member countries to discuss a variety of VAT-related issues, take stock of and follow up on the work done since the last meeting. To be determined ATAF Secretariat, VAT Technical Committee Members Bernd Schlenther:
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Ralf Uhl:
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12 – 16 March TP Train the trainers Workshop Francophone (Burundi) The principle objective of this course is to develop capacity of tax administrations to undertake transfer pricing training programmes within their respective jurisdictions. Bujumbura, Burundi The seminar is aimed at those officials directly responsible for transfer pricing Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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12 – 16 March TP Train the trainers Workshop Francophone (Pretoria) The principle objective of this course is to develop capacity of tax administrations to undertake transfer pricing training programmes within their respective jurisdictions. The seminar is aimed at those officials directly responsible for transfer pricing. Pretoria, SA The seminar is aimed at those officials directly responsible for transfer pricing Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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Nthabiseng Mushi:
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19 March FAC Meeting ATAF Finance and Audit Committee Meeting Burundi FAC Committee Members Mrs Mokgadi Maila:
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Romeo Ella:
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22 – 23 March 1st Meeting of the EOI Technical Committeee The meeting shall take stock of progresses on initiatives started in 2017 and draw up the roadmap to follow up on these activities and initiate others in 2018. A detailed programme shall be provided to committee members in due course. To be determined EOI Technical Committee Members Ralf Uhl:
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Mary Baine:
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26 – 27 March 1st Corporate Taxpayer Engagement The interactive meeting will generate output which will enable tax administrations effectively address matters pertaining to the corporate sector.   Ideal participants will be representatives of the top tax payers. Selected heads of Large Taxpayer Offices will also be invited to enrich their interactions. Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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5 April Council sub-committee meetings Meeting of the Research and Capacity Development and the Governance and Organisational Development sub-committees of the ATAF Council. Pretoria, RSA RCD & GOC Committee Members. Mrs Mokgadi Maila:
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Romeo Ella:
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6 April ATAF COUNCIL MEETING Meeting of the Council of ATAF Pretoria, RSA ATAF Council Members Mrs Mokgadi Maila:
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Romeo Ella:
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9 – 13 April Short Course on Revenue Forecasting -French (1st leg) This is a course to be conducted in French that aims at introducing participants to concepts of forecasting revenue and analysing trends using available statics for management decision making. To be determined Research and technical officers involved in target setting, monitoring and evaluation Nthabiseng Mushi:
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Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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9 – 12 April ATRN Capacity Building Workshop Strengthening the research capacity of researchers who are already working in the area of taxation but who feel their work could be improved with more rigorous and international accepted methods. This is a ’hands on’ learning where researchers will receive practical feedback on how to improve and disseminate their ongoing research. Tanzania Junior to mid-career Tax administrations’ researchers who are working on a paper in the area of taxation. Open to young Researchers from African Universities Dr Nara Monkam:
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Eugenio Bras:
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16 – 19 April Meeting of EOI Experts; Train-the-Trainer The objectives of the meeting include developing African expertise in EOI, update African tax professionals working in this EOI on the latest developments. A detailed programme shall be provided to participants in due course. To be determined The required participants’ profiles shall be defined and shared in due course. Ralf Uhl:
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Mary Baine:
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19 – 20 April 2nd EMT Strategy Workshop with Universities and Experts (Curriculum fine tuning) This Workshop’s objective is to get experts and interested (future) partner universities together and fine tuning the curriculum of the new (harmonised) EMT programme. Pretoria, RSA Partner universities’ reps. ATAF Secretariat, ATAF members, GIZ Dr Nara Monkam:
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Ms Celia Berchtold:
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25 – 27 April 4th Edition ATO Capacity building Workshop The objectives of the workshop are among others to ensure that data collectors have a common understanding of ATO data collection processes, collectors are assisted in understanding the definition of indicators and collection of the relevant data and Peer learning exchange. Mauritius Focal persons/data collectors from tax administrations’ research, strategic planning, and Revenue statistic, forecast and analysis Dr Nara Monkam:
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Frankie Mbuyamba:
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7 – 11 May Advanced course on Tax Audit The objective of this course is to strengthen participants’ ability to deal with complex issues in tax audit. Participants for the course are candidates who have gone through the intermediate tax audit. To be determined Candidates who have gone through the intermediate course on tax audit Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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Nthabiseng Mushi:
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16 – 17 May ATAF High-Level Dialogue (Nexus) The nexus is an ATAF initiative aimed at bringing together Policy-makers and Tax administrations in the aim of harmonising their perspectives and priorities on domestic resource mobilisation. After a successful first edition in 2017, the ATAF High-level Dialogue (Nexus) was tipped to becoming a recurring event and an essential aspect of ATAF’s efforts towards improving tax administration in Africa. To be determined Policy officers in tax administrations and heads of fiscal functions in ministries of finance, invited tax experts, tax legislators etc. Mary Baine:
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Thulani Shongwe:
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17 May Launch of the 3rd ATO (Southern Africa) – Part of the ATAF High-Level Dialogue This is the African flagship publication in taxation, i.e. a source of reliable information on taxation that will serve as an African and global reference to assist in formulating tax policies, and tax administrations’ reforms on the continent, as well as to be an important barometer for business. This 3rd edition will consist of 26 African tax administrations To be determined Commissioners General and Heads of Tax administrations, Heads of research, strategic planning, and Revenue statistic, forecast and analysis, Senior officials from MoF, Media, Development partners, private sector, academia, International organisations Dr Nara Monkam:
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Frankie Mbuyamba:
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28 - 31 May ATAF Tax and Development Short Course This course enables Civil society, development partners, policymakers and other practitioners to be brought up to speed with the current processes, initiatives and issues on taxation in developing countries, and to share knowledge. Key topics covered are tax and development, international taxation, sub-national taxation (i.e. property taxes) and tax collection and compliance Kenya (TBC) The course targets a broad, non-technical audience of practitioners and policy makers interested in, or working on, tax and public resource mobilisation. It mainly aims at CSOs and development partners Dr Nara Monkam:
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Frankie Mbuyamba:
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28 - 30 May Workshop on Taxpayer Education (East & Southern) The meeting will provide participants with an opportunity of learning from each other and devising common approaches based on best practices in undertaking educational matters. Ideal participants are leaders of the tax payer educational function. To be determined Ideal participants will be leaders of tax payer educational function in tax administrations Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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4 - 8 June Advanced course on tax treaties The course aims to give an in-depth examination of several important tax treaty issues. It provides participants who have a good understanding of the application of tax treaties with an opportunity to discuss in detail relatively complex practical tax treaty application, interpretation and policy issues. To be determined Course participants preferably will have previously attended intermediate seminar on tax treaties. Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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6 - 8 June 1st ICT Consultative Workshop (AfDB) Multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaboration is becoming increasingly important in realising shared value opportunities. One area critical for collaboration is the realm of technology. ICT can catalyse operational efficiency in tax administrations thus making a significant contribution to resource mobilisation for attainment of sustainable goals. To be determined ICT Service Providers; development partners, tax administrations, Ministries of Finance, CSOs and Tax Consultancies Dr Nara Monkam:
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Nthabiseng Mushi:
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11 - 16 June Regional Tax Policy Seminar The content of this meeting shall be provided in due course. Should you require information before then, please feel free to contact the event’s contact person. To be determined To be determined Mary Baine:
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20 - 22 June ATAF Conference on IT for tax administrations This event aims at supporting ATAF’s domestic resource mobilization efforts in African Tax Administration with focus on Exchange of tax information (EOI) and application of ICT. A long-term objective of the digitization initiative is to reduce aggressive tax avoidance and tax evasion through greater transparency supported by automation of processes To be determined ICT Service Providers; development partners, GF EoI, tax administrations, Ministries of Finance, CSOs and Tax Consultancies Dr Nara Monkam:
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Nthabiseng Mushi:
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25 - 29 June Short Course on Revenue Forecasting -English (2nd leg) The course covers the economic foundations of tax policy, revenue forecasting and statistical techniques to give participants the capacity to implement successful tax reforms. The application of macroeconomic models, micro-simulation models and typical taxpayer models are also covered. Pretoria, SA Officers tasked with target setting, revenue collection, revenue monitoring and revenue analysis are ideal participants Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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4 - 6 July EMT Francophone II (2nd Cohort) Oral Defence and Graduation Ceremony Oral Defence of the students Thesis, followed by an official Graduation Ceremony (students of the 2nd cohort of the EMT-Francophone) To be determined EMT Students, EMT examination panel, ATAF Secretariat, tax administrations’ Heads of training and human resources, Reps of Embassies, media Dr Nara Monkam:
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Ms Celia Berchtold:
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4 - 6 July Parliamentarians training I The meeting aims at empowering Parliamentarians with knowledge about tax matters to enable them to discharge their legislative duties effectively. To be determined Members of Parliamentary committees on Finance, Trade and Investment Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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Nthabiseng Mushi:
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3 - 5 July Regional Workshop on Treaties (West & North) As part of the CBT Technical Committee’s awareness campaign, a workshop for West and North Africa is scheduled to highlight the treaties issues encountered post-BEPS as well as in the technical assistance through the country programmes. To be determined To be determined Thulani Shongwe:
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9 - 11 July Workshop on Beneficial Ownership (East &amo; South) The content of this meeting shall be provided in due course. Should you require information before then, please feel free to contact the event’s contact person. To be determined To be determined Thulani Shongwe
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16 - 17 July Strategy & Planning Workshop II Mid-year review of ATAF work plan and strategy Pretoria, South Africa ATAF Secretariat, Country correspondents, Consultants Mokgadi Maila:
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Romeo Ella:
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18 - 20 July ATAF Competent Authority Meeting The content of this meeting shall be provided in due course. Should you require information before then, please feel free to contact the event’s contact person. To be determined To be determined Mary Baine:
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Ralf Uhl:
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23 - 25 July Workshop on beneficial ownership (North & South) The content of this meeting shall be provided in due course. Should you require information before then, please feel free to contact the event’s contact person. To be determined To be determined Thulani Shongwe:
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23 - 25 July 1st Consultative meeting: informal sector The informal sector contributes about 55 % of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and 80 % of the labour force. Revenue administrations are increasingly looking at taxing the informal economy to increase revenue and to address issues of fairness in paying taxes. In this context, this event aims among others at identifying the taxable components of the informal sector and strategies to bring the informal sector into the tax net To be determined Tax administrators, policy makers, academia, CSOs, other relevant stakeholders Dr Nara Monkam:
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26 July Launch of the 3rd ATO (West Africa) AfDB Side Event of above This is the African flagship publication in taxation, i.e. a source of reliable information on taxation that will serve as an African and global reference to assist in formulating tax policies, and tax administrations’ reforms on the continent, as well as to be an important barometer for business. This 3rd edition will consist of 26 African tax administrations To be determined Commissioners General and Heads of Tax administrations, Heads of research, strategic planning, and Revenue statistic, forecast and analysis, Senior officials from MoF, Media, Development partners, private sector, academia, International organisations Dr Nara Monkam:
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Frankie Mbuyamba:
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7 - 8 August 12th CBT Technical Committee meeting Details of the Meeting shall be provided at a later stage To be determined CBT Committee Members Mary Baine:
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13 - 17 August Intermediate course on tax audit The course aims at empowering participants to undertake successful audits through enhancement of ability to undertake effective case selection, application of credible interview techniques, and appropriate application of the law in audit process and effective use of judgement in identifying audit technique to be applied. To be determined Candidates who have gone through the online tax audit course and passed the final online course assessment Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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14 - 17 August 4th Ed. ATO Validation/Consultative Workshop The objectives of the workshop are twofold:
  • Present the draft ATO 4th Edition outline; Receive feedback on preliminary descriptive statistics and trends; Validate the data and the results (Validation workshop)
  • Agree and define new indicators if any for the 5th edition; update the newly joined countries
Burundi (TBC) This is a workshop specifically aimed at the Heads of Research/Revenues Statistics/Planning and Strategy of tax administrations as well as data collectors Dr Nara Monkam:
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Frankie Mbuyamba:
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20 - 21 August 3rd Meeting of VAT Technical Committee Members of the Technical Committee will report back to the Secretariat on progresses made in development of practical tools to assist members in VAT-related challenges such as fraud and compliance. Pretoria (To be confirmed) VAT Technical Committee Members Bernd Schlenther:
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22 August FAC Meeting II ATAF Finance and Audit Committee Meeting To be determined ATAF FAC Committee Members Mrs Mokgadi Maila:
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23 August RCD & GOC MEETINGS II Meeting of the Research and Capacity Development and the Governance and Organisational Development sub-committees of the ATAF Council To be determined RCD & GOC Committee Members Mrs Mokgadi Maila:
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Romeo Ella:
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27 - 28 August Corporate Taxpayer Engagement II The interactive meeting will generate output which will enable tax administrations effectively address matters pertaining to the corporate sector. To be determined Ideal participants will be representatives of the top tax payers. Selected heads of Large Taxpayer Offices will also be invited to enrich their interactions. Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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3 – 4 September Media engagement & training II Participants will have an opportunity to share their thoughts on tax matters with ATAF tax experts to enrich their understanding of taxation matters and the integrity of their reporting. To be determined Ideal participants will be business writers, editors as well as media communication officers in tax administrations. Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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9 – 12 September 4th Annual ATRN Congress and Board Meeting The ATAF’s ATRN creates potential synergies and linkage areas between academics and tax officials from ATAF member countries. The ATRN, an ATAF body, promotes a well-conducted evidence-based research on African tax matters and promote an African-based thought leadership on tax, which is vital to the success of tax reforms in Africa Morocco ATAF Members academics, practitioners, policy-makers and independent tax researchers in Africa, ATRN Board members Dr Nara Monkam:
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Ms Desire Ottner:
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10 – 14 September Regional Tax Policy Seminar The content of this meeting shall be provided in due course. Should you require information before then, please feel free to contact the event’s contact person. To be determined To be determined Mary Baine:
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17 – 19 September Parliamentarians Training II The meeting aims at empowering Parliamentarians with knowledge about tax matters to enable them discharge their legislative duties effectively. To be determined Members of Parliamentary committees on Finance, Trade and Investment Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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Nthabiseng Mushi:
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26 – 28 September 2nd Meeting of the Technical Committee on EOI The content of this meeting shall be provided in due course. Should you require information before then, please feel free to contact the event’s contact person. To be determined To be determined Mary Baine:
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Ralf Uhl:
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1 – 4 October Meeting of EOI experts: Train the trainer The content of this meeting shall be provided in due course. Should you require information before then, please feel free to contact the event’s contact person. To be determined To be determined Mary Baine:
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Ralf Uhl:
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8 – 10 October 2nd ICT Consultative Workshop (AfDB) Multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaboration is becoming increasingly important in realising shared value opportunities. One area critical for collaboration is the realm of technology. ICT can catalyse operational efficiency in tax administrations thus making a significant contribution to resource mobilisation for attainment of sustainable goals. To be determined ICT Service Providers; development partners, tax administrations, Ministries of Finance, CSOs and Tax Consultancies Dr Nara Monkam:
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Nthabiseng Mushi:
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9 October COUNCIL MEETING Meeting of the Council of ATAF To be determined ATAF Council Members Mrs Mokgadi Maila:
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16 – 17 October ATAF Technical Meeting on VAT (e-commerce) Members of the Technical Committee will discuss relevant aspects of VAT as applied to e-commerce. The main objective is to empower members with practical tools to help them address VAT-related issues in e-commerce. Pretoria (To be confirmed) VAT Technical Committee Members Bernd Schlenther:
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15 – 17 October Regional Workshop on Tax Treaties (East & Southern) As part of the CBT Technical Committee’s awareness campaign, a workshop for East and Southern Africa’s is scheduled to highlight the treaties issues encountered post-BEPS as well as in the technical assistance through the country programmes. To be determined To be determined Thulani Shongwe:
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15 – 19 October 4th ATAF GENERAL ASSEMBLY ATAF will hold its 5th General Assembly in Botswana, during which Members will discuss issues pertaining to the theme of the GA Conference (to be communicated at a later stage) and other organisational matters. They will also elect a new Council which will preside over the destiny of the organisation for the next 2 years. Botswana ATAF Members, ATAF development partners, invited stakeholders Mrs Mokgadi Maila:
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Dr Nara Monkam:
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18 October Kick-off Alumni Mtg for EMT (GA side Event) 1st event gathering the EMT alumni to discuss the formation of this network and ist activities. In general, EMT Alumni to become the ambassadors of EMT and ATAF and to join the pool of African experts. Botswana EMT alumni anglophone and francophone, all cohorts Dr Nara Monkam:
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Celia Berchtold:
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23 – 25 October Workshop on Taxpayer Education (West & North) The meeting will provide participants with an opportunity of learning from each other and devising common approaches based on best practices in undertaking educational matters. Ideal participants are leaders of the tax payer educational function. To be determined Ideal participants will be leaders of tax payer educational function in tax administrations Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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Nthabiseng Mushi:
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31 Oct – 1 November Start of the 3rd EMT A&F programmes Expected start of the EMT Anglophone and Francophone programmes (3rd cohorts). To be determined EMT students, ATAF Secretariat, Partners universities, development partners Dr Nara Monkam:
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Celia Berchtold:
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8 – 9 November Global Forum on VAT The content of this meeting shall be provided in due course. Should you require information before then, please feel free to contact the event’s contact person. To be determined To be determined Mary Baine:
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Bernd Schlenther:
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5 – 9 November Training on Compliance Risk & Fraud Detection This course covers the structured process for the systematic identification, assessment, ranking, and treatment of tax compliance risks. The course furthermore covers Fraud Risk Management, criminal or civil sanctions for non-compliance as well as reputational risks associated with actual or perceived non-compliance. To be determined Individuals working in compliance analysis, case selection, audit, enforcement/investigation, management or other related fields. Caroline Mutayabarwa:
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Nthabiseng Mushi:
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13 – 15 November Regional Workshop on Transfer Pricing (East & Southern) The workshop seeks to build African capacities in Transfer pricing. It will be held at regional levels in order to ensure optimal benefits for participants. To be determined To be determined Thulani Shongwe:
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14 – 16 November 2nd Consultative meeting: informal sector The informal sector contributes about 55 % of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and 80 % of the labour force. Revenue administrations are increasingly looking at taxing the informal economy to increase revenue and to address issues of fairness in paying taxes. In this context, this event aims among others at identifying the taxable components of the informal sector and strategies to bring the informal sector into the tax net To be determined Tax administrators, policy makers, academia, CSOs, other relevant stakeholders Dr Nara Monkam:
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16 November Launch of the 3rd ATO (Central Africa) This is the African flagship publication in taxation, i.e. a source of reliable information on taxation that will serve as an African and global reference to assist in formulating tax policies, and tax administrations’ reforms on the continent, as well as to be an important barometer for business. This 3rd edition will consist of 26 African tax administrations To be determined Commissioners General and Heads of Tax administrations, Heads of research, strategic planning, and Revenue statistic, forecast and analysis, Senior officials from MoF, Media, Development partners, private sector, academia, International organisations Dr Nara Monkam:
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Frankie Mbuyamba:
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19 – 23 November Global Forum Plenary & African Initiative Meeting The content of this meeting shall be provided in due course. Should you require information before then, please feel free to contact the event’s contact person. To be determined To be determined Mary Baine:
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