ATAF, PAP strengthen tax leg­is­la­tion

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the ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the African Tax Ad­min­is­tra­tion Fo­rum (ATAF), Mr Lo­gan Wort and the Speaker of the Par­lia­ment Honourable Nkodo Dang, signed a five-year MoU to for­malise co­op­er­a­tion be­tween their re­spec­tive in­sti­tu­tions on tax pol­icy and tax ad­min­is­tra­tion re­forms on the con­ti­nent,” said ATAF in an up­date.

Prior to the sign­ing, Mr Wort was in­vited by the Speaker to make a pre­sen­ta­tion on the “Cor­re­la­tion be­tween Il­licit Fi­nan­cial Flows (IFFs) and tax­a­tion and the col­lab­o­ra­tive role that their two in­sti­tu­tions can play in ad­dress­ing this is­sue on the con­ti­nent”.

These in­cluded ca­pac­ity build­ing and tax ed­u­ca­tion for Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment through ATAF, a stronger ad­vo­cacy role for Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment on tax is­sues and do­mes­tic re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion in na­tional, re­gional and con­ti­nen­tal fora, in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and the role of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans in en­act­ing sound na­tional tax leg­is­la­tions, as well as col­lab­o­ra­tive tax re­search ini­tia­tives be­tween PAP and ATAF.

ATAF, which has been en­dorsed by the African Union as the African voice on tax mat­ters, con­sid­ers sound do­mes­tic tax leg­is­la­tions and the de­vel­op­ment of ex­per­tise on tax treaties key con­di­tions for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ef­fec­tive tax re­forms on the con­ti­nent. The or­gan­i­sa­tion views the PAP as a crit­i­cal strate­gic part­ner given the over­sight and ad­vo­cacy roles of the Par­lia­ment.

The MoU comes just days af­ter the 5th Or­di­nary Gen­eral As­sem­bly of ATAF in Gaborone, Botswana, where par­tic­i­pants ex­plored ways to move Africa be­yond aid and is viewed by both sig­na­to­ries as a sig­nif­i­cant step to­wards stem­ming il­licit fi­nan­cial flows, im­prov­ing do­mes­tic re­source mo­bil­i­sa­tion and fund­ing Africa’s de­vel­op­ment.

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