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04 - 06 May 20162nd IBFD Africa Tax Symposium

The theme of this year's Symposium is: Trends in International Taxation: An African Perspective.

 

 
Category:
IBFD attended event, Conference/Seminar
Language:
English
Location:
Entebbe - Uganda
2nd IBFD Africa Tax Symposium
Lake Victoria Serena Resort
Entebbe, Uganda

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

We have reached full capacity and thus it is no longer possible to register. If you are on the waiting list however, we will inform you of your registration status as soon as possible.

 

Following last year’s sell-out 1st IBFD Africa Tax Symposium, this year’s event will continue to focus on essential topics, including the post-BEPS landscape, aggressive tax planning and transfer pricing.

 

These topics will be brought to life by key speakers from practice, industry and academia, as well as by IBFD's own tax experts on Africa. The sessions will focus on highly practical content, and will be rounded out by perspectives from all over the world. In response to delegate feedback, the programme has been lengthened from two days to three days. 

This annual event is an initiative of the IBFD Centre for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT). CSAT is an autonomous think tank devoted to the study and development of African taxation. Its objectives are:

  • To study and provide well-researched opinions on taxation in Africa
  • To encourage research by Africans for Africa
  • To find practical solutions that work within an African context

A key way in which CSAT will achieve these objectives is by sponsoring an annual tax technical conference in Africa. Participants are asked to contribute a nominal fee of USD 150 / EUR 120

The venue for the Symposium is the luxurious Lake Victoria Serena Resort, a focal point for national, regional, business and political meetings. The resort is ideally located just a 20-minute drive from Entebbe International Airport and the capital city of Kampala. Delegates will be entitled to a special conference rate of USD 170 per night (single occupancy). More details can be found under the Venue tab above.

We would like to invite you to join us at this special IBFD event. As a participant, you will be joined by tax practitioners and policymakers from all over Africa, with expertise in the international tax issues affecting multinational enterprises in Africa.

Important developments will be communicated on this page, in the IBFD newsletter and on social media. For questions or comments, please send an email to AfricaTaxSymposium@ibfd.org or telephone +31-20-554 0100.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

  • 12:00 – 17:00 Pre-Symposium Registration
  • Guests of the Lake Victoria Serena Resort can pre-register at their convenience 

  • 19:00 – 22:00 Cocktail Reception 
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4-6 May 2016


Day 1: Trends in International Taxation - Post-BEPS Landscape

  • 08:00 Registration 
  • 09:00 Convenor’s Introductory Remarks
    Kennedy Munyandi, Manager Africa, Middle East & Latin America, IBFD, Netherlands 
  • 09:15 Opening Remarks
    Sam van der Feltz, Chief Executive Officer, IBFD, Netherlands 
  • 09:30 Keynote Address by Guest of Honour
    Ms Doris Akol, Commissioner General, Uganda Revenue Authority, Uganda 
  • 10:00 Surveying the Post-BEPS Landscape – the Future of International Tax Policy
    Belema Obuoforibo, Director IBFD Knowledge Centre, IBFD, Netherlands 
  • 10:30 Morning Refreshments and Photo Session 
  • 11:00 OECD/G20 BEPS Project – The Next Steps
    Dr. Richard Parry, Head of Global Relations Division - CTPA, OECD, France 
  • 11:45 Aggressive Tax Planning in the African Context – Cross-border Transactions and Tax Treaty Abuse
    Elandre Brandt, Partner, Webber Wentzel Attorneys, South Africa 
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch 
  • 14:00 An Overview Survey of Post-BEPS Anti-Avoidance Measures – Lessons from Across the Globe
    Monia Naoum, Senior Research Associate, IBFD, Netherlands 
  • 14:45 BEPS and Beyond in Africa
    Prof. Sol Picciotto, Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University, United Kingdom 
  • 15:30 Afternoon Refreshments 
  • 16:00 Transfer Pricing – Key Developments and Challenges for Africa
    Charles Makola, International Tax Partner and Tax Policy Leader, EY, South Africa 
  • 16:45 Recent Developments and Changes to the UN Model Tax Convention
    Michael Lennard, Chief, International Tax Cooperation, FDO, United Nations, United States 
  • 17:30 End of Day 1 Sessions

Day 2: Taxation & Doing Business in Africa: A Practical Perspective

  • 08:30 Transfer Pricing in West Africa – Policies, Practices and Issues
    Dr. Noël-Faustin Kouame, Manager – Transfer Pricing Unit, Bile-Aka, Brizoua Bi & Associates, Ivory Coast
  • 09:10 Taxation of the Extractive Industry in Africa and Current Challenges 
    Taiwo Oyedele, Partner, West Africa Tax Leader, PwC 
  • 09:50 Taxation of the Telecommunications Industry in Africa – Selected Issues
    Mohamed Ben Mlik, Senior Manager, Group Tax, MTN, United Arab Emirates 
  • 10:30 Morning Refreshments 
  • 11:00 Convergence of Tax Treaties and Domestic Tax Laws
    Emily Muyaa, Senior Research Associate, IBFD, Netherlands 
  • 11:30 Tax Treaty Negotiation in Africa – Policies and Challenges
    Laila Benchekroun, Head of International Tax Treaties Unit, Ministry of Economy & Finance, Moroccan General Administration of Taxes, Morocco
  • 12:00 Limitation of Benefits Provisions in African Tax Legislation
    Francis Kamulegeya, Country Senior Partner, PwC, Uganda 
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch 
  • 14:00 The East African Community Multi-lateral Tax Treaty – Fit for Purpose?
    Prof. Johann Hattingh, University of Cape Town, South Africa 
  • 14:45 Adjudication of International Tax Disputes – Challenges and Opportunities for Domestic Judiciary
    Pramod Kumar, Member, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Ministry of Law & Justice, India 
  • 15:30 Afternoon Refreshments 
  • 16:00 Resolution of Tax Treaty Disputes – Challenges of Mutual Agreement Procedures for Africa
    Prof. Annet Wanyana Oguttu, Tax Law Subject Head, University of South Africa, South Africa 
  • 16:45 Strategies for Developing Capacities and Skills in African Institutions
    Kennedy Onyonyi, Director, Institutional Development and Capacity Building, African Tax Administration Forum, South Africa 
  • 17:30 End of Day 2 Sessions 
  • 19:30 Symposium Gala Dinner

Day 3: Taxation & Doing Business in Africa: A Practical Perspective

  • 08:30 Doing Business in Emerging Markets
    Chijioke Uwaegbute, Tax Director – Sub-Saharan Africa, GE, Nigeria 
  • 09:10 Corporate International Tax Structuring: Investing in Africa through Holding Company Jurisdictions – Recent Tax Treaty Developments
    Ridha Hamzaoui, Regional Tax Manager, IBFD, Netherlands 
  • 09:50 Business Restructuring – Transfer Pricing Aspects
    Nikhil Hira, Partner, Tax, Deloitte East Africa, Kenya 
  • 10:30 Morning Refreshments 
  • 11:00 Business Restructuring: Indirect Transfer of Assets – The Ugandan Experience
    Ruth Sebatindira, President, Uganda Law Society and Partner, Ligomarc Advocates, Uganda 
  • 11:45 Business Restructuring: Mergers and Acquisitions in the COMESA Region – Regulatory Considerations
    Willard Mwemba, Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, COMESA Competition Commission, Malawi 
  • 12:30 Closing Remarks
    Belema Obuoforibo, Director IBFD Knowledge Centre, IBFD, Netherlands 
  • 13:00 End of Symposium/Networking Lunch 
  • 14:00 Optional Tours

The three-day event will feature prominent key speakers from practice, industry and academia, as well as IBFD's own tax experts on Africa.

Speakers confirmed so far:

  • Annet Wanyana Oguttu - Professor of Tax Law, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • Belema Obuoforibo - Director, Knowledge Centre, IBFD, Netherlands
  • Charles Makola - International Tax Partner and Tax Policy Leader, EY South Africa, South Africa
  • Chijioke Uwaegbute - Tax Director - SubSaharan Africa, GE, Nigeria
  • Doris Akol - Commissioner General, Uganda Revenue Authority, Uganda
  • Emily Muyaa - Managing Senior, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Middle East & Latin America, IBFD, Netherlands
  • Francis Kamulegeya - Country Senior Partner, PwC, Uganda
  • Johann Hattingh - University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Kennedy Munyandi - Manager, Africa, Middle East & Latin America, IBFD, Netherlands
  • Kennedy Onyonyi - Director, Institutional Development and Capacity Building, African Tax Administration Forum, South Africa 
  • Laila Benchekroun - Head of International Tax Treaties Unit, Ministry of Economy & Finance, Moroccan General Administration of Taxes, Morocco
  • Michael Lennard - Chief of International Tax Cooperation and Trade in the Financing for Development Office, United Nations, United States
  • Mohamed Ben Mlik - Senior Manager Group Tax, MTN, United Arab Emirates
  • Monia Naoum - Managing Senior, Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Middle East & Latin America, IBFD, Netherlands
  • Nikhil Hira - Partner, Deloitte East Africa, Kenya
  • Pramod Kumar - Member, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Ministry of Law & Justice, India
  • Richard Parry - Head of Global Relations Division - CTPA, OECD, France
  • Ridha Hamzaoui - Regional Tax Manager, Africa and Middle East, IBFD, Netherlands
  • Ruth Sebatindira - President, Uganda Law Society, and Partner Ligomarc Advocates, Uganda
  • Sam van der Feltz - Chief Executive Officer, IBFD, Netherlands
  • Sol Picciotto - Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • Taiwo Oyedele - Partner, West Africa Tax Leader, PwC
  • Willard Mwemba - Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, COMESA Competition Commission, Malawi

 

Ideally located just a 20-minute drive from Entebbe International Airport and Kampala, the Lake Victoria Serena Resort is a luxury resort set in beautifully landscaped grounds and water gardens. An oasis of cool and green, encircled by the seven hills of Kampala, this world class resort is a focal point for national, regional, business and political meetings.

 

Symposium delegates qualify for a special rate for a deluxe room:

  • USD 170 per night (single occupancy)
  • USD 270 per night (double occupancy)

This rate includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Complimentary newspaper in the room
  • Use of the gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room
  • Wireless internet
  • All taxes and service charges
Details of how to book this special rate will be made available after you register for the Symposium.
 

 

Registration and queries

The symposium is largely sponsored by IBFD CSAT. Participants contribute a nominal fee of USD 150 / EUR 120 to attend the symposium. Neither travel, accommodation or any other costs are included in this nominal fee. 
 

Half-Day Tours
After the Symposium closes at 13:00 on Friday 6 May, IBFD has negotiated two very appealing half-day tour options with Shiyaya Tours. Each of these tours is voluntary and available at a favourable rate for delegates. Each option also offers transportation to and from the conference hotel, as well as afternoon refreshments.

Option 1: Wildlife in the City
This mini-safari takes you to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe, where professional wildlife experts will take you behind the scenes for a hands-on experience. The two-hour excursion also incorporates a scenic range of cliffs overlooking Lake Victoria. This tour option has an all-inclusive cost of USD 90 per person.

Option 2: Discovery of the Buganda Kingdom
This culturally rich excursion is the stuff that explorers of old lived for. Walk the special "King’s Mile" and enjoy the atmosphere of one of the many homes of the King of Buganda. The trip will culminate in a visit to the Martyrs' Shrine at Munyonyo. This tour option has an all-inclusive cost of USD 70 per person.

Each tour option has a minimum overall sign-up of five people. More details about both tours are available on the Symposium’s event page under the General Information tab. If you are interested in booking a tour, please contact Shiyaya Tours directly at Shiyaya@Shiyaya.travel.

Download more details about the half-day tour options
Download details about longer excursions with Shiyaya Tours