ATAF and African journalists discuss continent’s tax, digitalisation agenda in Kigali

Thursday, March 14, 2019

At the fringes of the second African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) media engagement and training in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, ATAF officials met with more than 60 selected journalists from across Africa where they discussed the continent’s tax and digitalisation agenda.

They also discussed the role of journalists in addressing emerging tax issues that affect the continent’s development.

The media engagement and training brought together more than 60 selected media practitioners from across Africa including The Gambia, to discuss the continent’s emerging tax issues.

It was organised by the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) and hosted by Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), intended to allow participants to delve into the conversation around and how media can unpack the significance of tax issues, how simplifying these matters can allow citizens to better understand their obligations and their contribution towards development in their countries as well as their role in holding states accountable.

The synergy underscores the critical role media plays in unpacking the benefits of tax on citizens and in holding governments to account on corruption and tax matters.

Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) Commissioner of domestic tax Aimable Kayigi Habiyambere said through its many capacity-building initiatives, ATAF has helped several African tax administrations, including RRA to improve their revenue collection performance over the years.

He said African still have some unresolved issues such as digitalisation that still need to be unpacked.

Mary Baine, ATAF director of tax programmes said; “The era of digitalisation is upon us and we can no longer ignore the fact that Africa’s much-needed tax-based is being eroded simply through unrecorded revenue. Our continent, now more than ever, needs all the resources to promote its socio-economic growth and the wellbeing of its populations. We see the media as partners in our journey to advance tax development.”

About ATAF

African revenue authorities established the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) in 2009, to improve the performance of tax administrations in Africa.

The forum believes that better tax administration will enhance economic growth, increase accountability of the state to its citizens, and more effectively mobilise domestic resources. Now in its 10th year of existence, ATAF has positioned itself as Africa’s homegrown solution to improving revenue collection, advancing the role of taxation in governance and state building and providing a voice to the continent on international tax issues.  

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh, in Kigali, Rwanda