Global Forum supports ATAF to set up the first Technical Committee on Exchange of Information for tax purposes
19/10/2017 - A new step on the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes to support the work of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) in exchange of information (EOI). A member of the Global Forum Secretariat, Mr Ervice Tchouata, Tax Policy Analyst, is attending a meeting at the ATAF’s headquarter in Pretoria, South Africa aiming at establishing the first ATAF Technical Committee on EOI for tax purposes. The just created Committee is a group of seven African EOI experts from six African countries (Uganda (chair), Senegal (Vice-Chair), Cameroon, Ghana, The Seychelles and Togo). The group will be in charge of formulating ATAF’s contribution to the global debate on EOI and assist ATAF in delivering technical assistance to African countries in the area of EOI. The representative from the Global Forum Secretariat who has been working closely with ATAF during the past three years is one of the trainers and mentors of the new Technical Committee. His support will be key for the success of the Committee whose activities are being launched this week.
The meeting in Pretoria was also an opportunity for the Global Forum to update participants on the current status of exchange of information (exchange of information upon request, automatic exchange of information and country by country reporting). A discussion was also held on the EOI priorities for African countries. Finally, the ATAF/GIZ new EOI programme was presented to participants with a focus on automatic exchange of information where two pilot projects will be launched. This new programme will leverage on the Global Forum's unique technical assistance expertise in the area of EOI that will assist ATAF in the delivery of the planned work.
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