Introduction and Background
The West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF) was established through an adoption of the Agreement by the General Assembly of Member States to contribute to the efficacy of tax administration and improved public service delivery in support of development of countries in West Africa. The mission of WATAF is to encourage strong collaboration amongst ECOWAS Member States towards the improvement of the quality of tax administration in the respective States. Its vision is to strive to promote effective and efficient tax administration in Member States.
The objectives of WATAF include, among other things, to encourage strong collaboration and sharing of information amongst all ECOWAS Member States towards improving the quality of tax administration; ensure that all West African States speak with one cohesive voice on tax policy and administration matters in West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF) and other international tax organizations; work towards ensuring that the needs and experiences of the West African Member States are reflected in decisions taken by tax administration bodies at international and multilateral levels; and work with ECOWAS to have a structure dedicated to taxation under the auspices of the ECOWAS Secretariat.