ATAF, Pan African Parliament sign MOU to strengthen tax legislation

Friday, November 02, 2018

African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) recently signed a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) with the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Kigali, Rwanda, to strengthen tax legislations in Africa and combat illicit financial flows (IFF). 

The ATAF Secretariat said the MOU would also enable the two sides to join hands in a bid to strengthen tax legislations and improve domestic resource mobilization on the continent.

In a statement release this week, ATAF stated that on the margin of the first ordinary session of the fifth parliament on Monday 29 October at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, the executive secretary of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) Logan Wort and the speaker of the Parliament Nkodo Dang signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize cooperation between their respective institutions on tax policy and tax administration reforms on the continent.

The released also indicated that prior to the signing, Mr. Wort was invited by speaker Dang 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 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. It therefore views the PAP as a critical strategic partner given the oversight and advocacy roles of the Parliament.

According to the release, 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. 

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh