commissioner general of Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), Yankuba Darboe, has
extolled Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED) through
African Tax Administrative Forum (ATAF) for shaping the Global Tax Agenda.
Mr. Darboe made this comments at the end of a three day sub-regional workshop on Tax Treaties organised by OECD and ATAF, held at a local hotel in Banjul from 2nd to 4th June 2018.
According to the commissioner general, The Gambia as a founding member of ATAF will at all times play an instrumental role in the realisation of the overall objectives of ATAF particularly in the area of capacity building for the institutional strengthening of tax administrations.
He said that the workshop could not have come at a better time for them as they aggressively pursue a policy of expanding ‘our treaty networks so as to boost trade and investment for development of this country.’
Mr. Darboe explained that there is need for countries to sign these treaties to encourage South- South cooperation and also to include trading partners beyond the African continent.
“However, to achieve this noble objective of expanding our treaty networks and increase the sharing of information requires the building of the requisite capacities in treaty negotiation and application,” he said. He added that it will ensure that we do not open our countries to the undesirable effects of treaty abuse in the form of treaty shopping and aggressive tax planning.
“We want our development partners such as the OECD, UN and ECOWAS for the support we continue to receive from them in our capacity building efforts.”
He further extolled OECD for taking the lead in giving the African Tax Administration the platform to utilize as well as in influencing the global tax Agenda. “We want to also thank OECD for its collaboration and direct support to this workshop hosted by The Gambia,” he said.
Mr. Darboe seized the opportunity to thank the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs for the support given to GRA to host this important capacity workshop.
For her part, Caroline Mutayabarwa, ATAF’s training manager, acknowledged the hospitality accorded to her by GRA. She assured GRA of her continuous support in terms of capacity building on the continent, while urging GRA to select more participants to benefit from such training.