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On May 9-11, 2018, the International Bureau of Fiscal Document (IBFD), organised the 4th Africa Tax Symposium (ATS), in Mombasa, Kenya. The theme was Trends in International Taxation: An African Perspective”.


The symposium brought together people of diverse interest in taxation, these include among others: Academics, Tax Advisers, Lawyers, Tax practitioners and Tax Administrators.


The West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF) was represented by Mr. Babatunde Oladapo, the Executive Secretary, WATAF, who made goodwill message and provided the West African perspective on a panel that discussed ‘Domestic Resource Mobilisation in Africa’. Please visit for more information.




The 13th General Assembly (GA) of the West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF) was held on March 21 -22, 2018, at Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria. The theme of the GA was ‘Enhancing the Revenue Potential of West Africa’.


Under the overarching theme mentioned above, were discussions on thematic issues of domestic resource mobilisation (DRM) and Exchange of Information (EoI) within West Africa as well as their relationship with the enhancement of the revenue potential of the region.


The 13th GA was exceptional, as 12 out of 15 countries of WATAF members and other stakeholders gathered in Abuja, not only to exchange ideas on the themes aforementioned, but also to celebrate the “new age of WATAF”, as a fully-fledged international organisation.  The WATAF Agreement had to be ratified by at least five-member countries and the instruments of ratification deposited at the Secretariat. This was fulfilled with six countries (Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Liberia Niger and Nigeria) having ratified the Agreement, hence the official launch of the Forum at the opening of the 13th General Assembly on March 21, 2018.


Participants also witnessed the handover of the mantle of leadership of WATAF by Mrs. Elfrieda Steward Tamba, the Commissioner General, Liberia Revenue Authority to Mr. Kodjo S.T. Adedze, Commissioner General, Office Togolais des Recettes (OTR), represented by Mr. Adoyi Essu-Wavana, the Commissioner of Domestic Taxes, OTR.



AY8I2545 (002) Elfrieda Stewart Tamba out-going Chairman of WATAF and Commissioner Genreral of the Liberia Revenue Authority (002)


Delegates at the WATAF General Assembly (002)



CITN 20th Annual Tax Conference

The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) is pleased to invite you to the upcoming 20th Annual Tax Conference which will take place from Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th May, 2018 at Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Conference Centre & Suites, Kado and at the International Conference Centre, Garki, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, respectively.


Topics that would be presented and discussed would cover a broad range of tax related issues. Some of which are:

  •  Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) and Stakeholders Expectations: Matters Arising;
  • Restructuring, taxing rights and fiscal federalism: the way forward;
  • Ethics, Corruption and Whistleblowing in taxation: A case for cooperative compliance;
  • Transfer pricing & Global Tax Trends: BEPS implementation and the journey so far;
  • The tenets of taxation and implications for Nigeria’s revised national tax policy
  • Arbitrary tax incentives as a disincentive to nation building;
  • The imperatives of a robust fiscal and regulatory framework for the Petroleum Industry in uncertain times;
  • Overview of General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) and the future of tax planning; and
  •  Health Talk: Preventing and Overcoming Cancer, Diabetics, High blood pressure and related diseases.

Registration for the 20th Annual Tax Conference is strictly online. Please visit

In order to facilitate the airport pickup and accommodation reservation, please contact to confirm your presence at the conference.




4th-IBFD-Africa-Tax-Symposium-brochure  The International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) with the support of the West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF) is organising the 4th  annual IBFD Africa Tax Symposium, Trends in International Taxation: An African Perspective, taking place from 9-11 May, 2018, in Mombasa, Kenya.


The 2017 Symposium will focus on Africa and the post-BEPS landscape. It will present a sharp and insightful perspective on current issues in African taxation, with special focus on key areas of tax treaties, transfer pricing and the taxation of natural resources. Please visit this site for more details Visit for more information.


Kindly note that the proceedings of the Symposium will be in English and French languages.

13th WATAF General Assembly/Council meeting and official launching of the Forum will hold from 20th -22nd, March 2018, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Nigeria.

The 13th WATAF General Assembly/Council meeting and official launching of the Forum will hold from 20th -22nd, March 2018, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Nigeria. The theme for the meeting is Enhancing the Revenue Potential of West Africa. The meeting would provide an opportunity for discussions which will focus on identifying avenues for the improvement of the revenue of countries in the region.


The meeting will include a technical session which will have two panel discussions. The task for these panels is that of setting the tone for what is expected to be a discourse regarding the thematic issues of Domestic Resource Mobilisation (DRM) and Exchange of Information (EOI) within West Africa as well as their relationship with the enhancement of the revenue potential of the region.


The panellists are experts drawn from tax administrations within West Africa and reputable international tax organisations.


Tax Research in Nigeria – Call for proposals

The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) is calling for research proposals in relation to the Nigerian Tax Research Network (NTRN).

ICTD is an independent research centre based at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. The Nigerian Tax Research Network (NTRN) is a new initiative of the ICTD funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the NTRN is to support the generation and exchange of tax knowledge in Nigeria. NTRN stakeholders include tax practitioners and researchers from both Nigerian and international organisations. It is concerned with all topics related to taxation, ranging from tax policy to tax administration, and from academic papers to practical studies. More information about the NTRN can be found at

Focus of research proposals: The ICTD will fund research projects that meet high academic standards of research quality and that are concerned with policy–‐relevant issues. We welcome proposals on all themes related to taxation in Nigeria and from all disciplines, including economics, law, accounting, and political science. The list below provides some themes of interest. However, proposals on any theme would be welcome, even if they are not listed below and as long as they are relevant to tax policy and tax administration in Nigeria:

  • Tax administration issues, including audits, ICT and data systems, third-party data collection, the modernisation of business processes, amongst others;  
  • Tax compliance with existing laws and regulations, and issues affecting compliance which may have policy implications; 
  • Tax optimisation regarding the mix between revenue maximisation and the other economic, political and social aims and effects of tax policies; 
  • Strategies to encourage voluntary compliance, including regarding procedures, transparency on rules and processes, and taxpayer education;
  • International taxation, including taxes on international trade, transfer pricing, tax treaties, international tax rules, and fiscal incentives (which are available both for domestic and foreign investors);  
  • Sub-national taxation, including property taxes and sub-national fiscal relations; and 
  • Fairness and equity of the tax system and tax burdens.

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NTRN call Nov 17



The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) invites you to the 3rd International Conference on Tax in Africa (ICTA), scheduled to hold from 25- 29 September, 2017, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria.

The theme of the conference is Building Strong Domestic Tax Regimes in Africa: Strengthening Value Added Tax (VAT) Personal Income Tax (PIT) and Corporate Income Tax (CIT)’.

Please follow this link for registration:



Call for Papers: 3rd African Tax Research Network Congress

The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) and the African Tax Research Network (ATRN) are pleased to invite submissions for the 3rd ATRN Annual Congress, which presents an opportunity for academics, researchers, tax administrators, students, tax practitioners, consultants and decision-makers on fiscal and tax policy in Africa, to gather and discuss different aspects relating to national, regional and international tax matters.

A Modern and Effective Taxation System to Advance Domestic Resource Mobilization in Africa: The Role of Information Technology and Tax Information Exchange

4 – 6 September 2017, Venue To be Confirmed

We seek high-quality submissions that further the knowledge and understanding of national, regional and international tax matters.

Prospective authors, both academics and practitioners, are invited to submit original and innovative papers on any topic related to this broad theme. Suggested topics of interest to be covered under the main theme include:

  • Digital Solutions for leapfrogging taxation development in Africa: the role of Technology in the administration of taxation
  • Role of information exchange and its effective application for tax transparency in Africa
  • Skills of the 21st Century Tax administrators in Africa: how do universities and tax administrations keep pace?
  • Good governance and fiscal legitimacy in Africa
  • Redirecting international development assistance towards investments in effective taxation systems in Africa
  • Understanding local government taxation in Africa to increase public service delivery, representation, and governance
  • Strengthening tax administrations in Africa: the role of tax policy & stakeholder collaboration
  • African tax reforms and their revenue impact
  • Tax policy reforms in Africa and their developmental impact
  • Cross border taxation issues in Africa

Types of Submissions

The ATRN scientific committee invites submissions of papers for oral presentation at the Annual Congress in two major categories:

  • Academic papers: These papers will be peer-reviewed by members of the Scientific Committee. If accepted, they will be invited to be presented at the ATRN Annual Congress.
  • Presentations based on non-academic papers: This category covers policy briefs, best practices, and short case studies.

After the ATRN Annual Congress in September, researchers are invited to submit their revised and final papers for consideration for publication in the ATRN Working Paper Series and Policy Briefs. These papers will be submitted to a double-blind Peer-review process. The deadline for paper submission will be in November. The papers may subsequently be published in peer-reviewed journals.

Papers are accepted both in English and in French.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Deadline for paper submissions:

Deadline for final submission of full research papers: 19 May 2017

  • A separate submission of a title page and manuscript (anonymous) will be required
  • Notification of acceptance of full-length papers will be sent to authors via email after a double-blind peer-review process by 30 June 2017.
  • All manuscripts submitted will be required to meet the formatting guidelines for manuscripts as set in the ATRN webpage. Unlike preceding years, any papers not meeting the minimum requirements will be rejected. The link for paper submission will be open from 03 March 2017
  • A special recognition for high quality papers will be conferred through a Best Paper Award Program.
  • A short CV must accompany each submission.
  • Researchers based in Africa are especially encouraged to respond.

Registration fees and deadline:

Registration opens: 03 March 2017
Deadline for early-bird registration and payment: 14 July 2017
Deadline for standard registration and payment: 04 August 2017

  • Early-bird member registration fee: US$ 150
  • Early-bird non-member registration fee: US$ 240
  • Standard member registration fee: US$ 200
  • Standard non-member registration fee: US$ 300
  • Post-graduate student registration fee: US$ 100*

Post-graduate student registration fee applies throughout the registration period; however, a proof of registration
will be required. Please note that all Post-graduate students are required to be members of the ATRN. Please visit the ATRN website for more information about ATRN membership and benefits.

For more information on sample topics for papers, the Scientific Committee, the Annual Congress Venue and Congress Fees, or if you are interested in attending the Annual Congress without delivering a paper, please visit the ATRN web page:

All submission, registration and other enquiries related to 3rd ATRN Annual Congress may be addressed to:

Conference Organisers
Telephone: +27 12 451 8834
+27 12 451 8810
+27 12 451 8820

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