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.