Specialised Audit Training

On the 16th of March 2021, the West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF) in collaboration with Andersen Tax commenced a virtual, four day Specialised Audit Training focusing on the Financial Sector: Banking and Insurance companies as part of its 2021 capacity development program to help member countries build capacity that will facilitate revenue generation for the development of countries in West Africa.

It is expected that the training will help to deepen the capacities of the participants in the complex nature of auditing the financial sector, especially the banking and finance sector.

The long-term objective of the training is to foster a sustainable growth agenda on a regional scale keeping in mind the fact that ECOWAS Countries (which are also the members of WATAF) are mostly low-income countries facing several socio-economic challenges, hence the need to maximise their revenue gains from the financial services sector through improved audit techniques.

Facilitators of the training are from the private and public sectors with many years of experience in tax compliance and tax audit. Also, in attendance were 80+ participants from 12 WATAF member countries.

REQUEST FOR NOMINATION OF PARTICIPANTS TO ATTEND A SPECIALISED AUDIT VIRTUAL TRAINING: FINANCIAL SERVICES (BANKING AND INSURANCE SECTOR) FROM 16- 19 MARCH 2021

We are pleased to inform you that the West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF) in collaboration with the Anderson Tax is organising a 4-day virtual training on Specialised Audit: Financial Services (Banking and Insurance Sector), from 16-19 March, 2021. The training is expected to deepen the capacities of Tax Administration officials from WATAF member countries in the complex nature of auditing the financial sector, especially the banking and finance sector, with a view to increasing the revenue base of the region. The concept note is attached to provide further expected benefits to intending participants. Target Audience: The training is designed for Heads of Assessments, Compliance, Enforcement and Tax Investigation Functions of Tax Administrations of member states. Following from the above, we kindly request that you nominate 20 personnel of your tax administration to participate in the training.

Participation and Training Registration:

• Registration for the training will be via the form attached to the call for nomination. Kindly fill and forward to info@wataf-tax.org on or before 31 January, 2021.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and trust that they will have an enriching experience. Please accept the assurances of my warm regards, always.

Babatunde Oladapo Executive Secretary, WATAF

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR WEBSITE UPGRADE
Deadline for Bidders: January 4, 2021

The West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF) was established through the 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 the development of countries in West Africa. The mission of WATAF is to encourage strong collaboration amongst the 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 the 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.
Project Goals and Scope of Services
The goal and scope of the website redesign and upgrade services is to:
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  • Improve discovery and access to information and content via internal and external search engine optimization;
  • Provide a seamless and integrated experience providing access to content and resources via a single, easy-to-use WATAF-branded online environment;
  • Improve the integration of information catalog and other content offerings with the primary domain, tax.org;
  • Create a User Experience that is flexible to various device context, be it desktop, laptop, tablet, or other mobile devices;
  • Integrate WATAF’s blogs into the primary domain, tax.org, while keeping WordPress as the publishing platform;
  • Design a user-centric and easily-updatable solution for providing online-help for WATAF’s digital resources;
  • Create a User Experience that supports the needs of our stakeholders who require accessibility tools to use the site, incorporating the fundamentals of Universal Design, as well as aligning the new design with WC3 Priority 1 Accessibility Guidelines (perceivable, operable, understandable and robust) to provide optimal access to users;
  • Provide guidance on industry best practices for translated contents; and
  • Align with our strategy of a clean, elegant, user-centric design.
    Anticipated Selection Schedule
    The anticipated Request for Proposal timeline is as follows:
  • Request for RFP: November 23, 2020
  • Deadline for Bidders to Submit Questions: January 4, 2021
  • WATAF Responds to Bidder Questions: January 11, 2021
  • Evaluation, Selection, and Notification of Successful Bidder: January 20, 2021
  • Start of Negotiation: January 25, 2021
  • Contract Award / Notification to Unsuccessful Bidders: January 29, 2021

Click Here to Download full RFP-Website Upgrade Document

Application of ICT in TAX Administration
WATAF Webinar | 18th, November 2020

The West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF) in collaboration with the Inter-American Centre of Tax Administrations (CIAT) organized a webinar on the ‘Application of ICT in Tax Administration Processes’ on 18 November 2020.

The 102 Participants from 22 countries were drawn from Tax Administration Officials of all ranks from WATAF and CIAT member countries.

Experts from WATAF and CIAT member countries such as Canada, Ecuador, Liberia, and Spain facilitated the seminar.

We are confident that the lessons learned during the seminar will help to improve the Tax Administration processes of our member states for optimum performance and the eventual increase in the tax revenue collection in West Africa. 

Click Here to View The Publications from the Seminar

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