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10 - 12 May 20173rd IBFD Africa Tax Symposium

The title of the Symposium is: Trends in International Taxation: An African Perspective.
 
Category:
IBFD attended event, Conference/Seminar
Language:
English
Location:
Accra - Ghana
3rd IBFD Africa Tax Symposium
Labadi Beach Hotel
Accra, Ghana

 


IBFD is pleased to announce that the 3rd annual IBFD Africa Tax Symposium, Trends in International Taxation: An African Perspective, will take place from 10-12 May 2017 in Accra, Ghana. The Symposium is an initiative of the IBFD Centre for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT). Launched by IBFD in 2015, CSAT is an autonomous think tank devoted to the study and development of African taxation.

 

The 2017 Symposium will focus on Africa and the post-BEPS landscape. As always, it will present a sharp and insightful perspective on current issues in African taxation. Set against the backdrop of the prevailing international tax climate, we offer a rich programme tailored to the needs of all tax professionals with an interest in Africa. We will shine a special light on the key areas of tax treaties, transfer pricing and the taxation of natural resources. We have an impressive line-up of world-renowned speakers, ranging from IBFD in-house experts to speakers from practice, industry and academia. All sessions will focus on highly practical content and will be rounded out by perspectives from all over the world.
 
Participants are asked to contribute a nominal fee of USD 220 / EUR 200
Last year's event was sold out. Given the large number of registrations so far and the fast-growing interest from an international audience, we expect the Symposium to sell out earlier this year.

Invitation-only pre-Symposium lunch
Senior delegates from tax authorities will also be invited to an exclusive pre-Symposium lunch. This invitation-only event offers senior officials the chance to share insights, build networks and learn more about recent trends.
 

The Kingdom of the Netherlands invites delegates to the Welcome Reception in Accra.

We are very proud and honoured to announce that the Kingdom of the Netherlands will host our Welcome Reception on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 at the residence of the Dutch Ambassador in Accra, Ghana. 
 
In cooperation with:
 

 

 

Supported by:
 
 

 


We look forward to seeing you there!
 

Pre-Symposium Events: Arrival, Registration and Cocktail Reception


Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Invitation-only pre-Symposium lunch
Senior delegates from tax authorities will also be invited to an exclusive pre-Symposium lunch. This invitation-only event offers senior officials the chance to share insights, build networks and learn more about recent trends.

12:00 – 17:00 Arrival and Registration
19:00 – 22:00 Cocktail Reception Hosted by H.E. Mr Ron Strikker, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Ghana

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Early-Morning Session: Registration and Opening Ceremony

08:00 - 09:00    Registration 

09:00 Introduction
Sorrel Hidding, Head of Marketing & Member, Centre for Studies in African Taxation, IBFD

Welcome Address
Belema Obuoforibo, Chair, Centre for Studies in African Taxation & Director, IBFD Knowledge Centre, IBFD, The Netherlands

09:15 Remarks by Cooperating Partner
H.E. Mr Ron Strikker, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Ghana

09:30 IBFD in Africa – Past, Present and Future 
Jan Maarten Slagter, Chief Executive Officer, IBFD, The Netherlands

09:45 Keynote Address 
Guest of Honour: To be announced 

10:15 Convergence of International Tax Best Practices – Issues and Prospects for Africa
Kennedy Munyandi, Manager, Africa, Middle East & Latin America, IBFD, The Netherlands

10:30 Morning Refreshments & Photo Session

Mid-Morning Session: Transforming International Tax Rules

Chair: Prof. Roy Rohatgi, Foundation for International Taxation, India

11:00 Global Tax Transparency Initiatives and Their Impact on Africa
Philip Mensah, Deputy Commissioner, Ghana Revenue Authority

11:40 Recent International Tax Developments – UN Initiatives
Michael Lennard, Chief, International Tax Cooperation, FDO, United Nations

12:20 Recent International Tax Developments – Global Overview
Ridha Hamzaoui, Africa, Middle East & Latin America, IBFD, The Netherlands

13:00 Networking Lunch

Early-Afternoon Session: Transforming International Tax Rules (Cont’d)
        
Chair: Prof. Johann Hattingh, University of Cape Town, South Africa

14:00 Post-BEPS International Tax Planning – Problems and Prospects for Africa
Elandre Brandt, Head of Group Tax, Imperial Holdings Limited, South Africa

14:30 Legislating Against Tax Havens and Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions – A Global Survey
Márcio F. Verdi, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), Panama

15:00 Post-BEPS Tax Reform: New Wine into Old Wineskins?
Prof. Victor van Kommer, Director, Tax Services, IBFD, The Netherlands

15:30 Afternoon Refreshments

Mid-Afternoon Session: Transforming International Tax Rules (Cont’d)
        
Chair: Laila Benchekroun, Head of International & Cooperation Division, Moroccan General Administration of Taxes

16:00 The Multilateral Instrument and Africa’s Tax Treaties – Practical Strategies for the Future 
Speaker: OECD representative

16:30 Protecting Tax Base for Developing Countries – Lessons from India 
Speaker: To be announced

17:00 International Tax Litigation in India – Lessons for Africa 
Pramod Kumar, Member, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Ministry of Law & Justice, India

17:30 End of Day 1 Sessions

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Early-Morning Session: Transfer Pricing in the Post-BEPS Era – Changes and Impact on Governments and Business 
        
Chair: Emily Muyaa, Managing Senior, Sub-Saharan Africa, IBFD, The Netherlands

08:15 Aligning Transfer Pricing Outcomes with Value Creation
George Obell, Chief Manager – Audit Operations, LTO, Kenya Revenue Authority   

09:00 The Role of Compliance in Pricing Inter-Company Transactions – Documentation Requirements
Taiwo Oyedele, Head of Tax & Regulatory Services and West Africa Tax Leader, PwC, Nigeria

09:45 Transfer Pricing in West Africa – Policies, Practices and Issues
Dr Noël-Faustin Kouame, Manager – Transfer Pricing Unit, Bile-Aka, Brizoua Bi & Associates, Ivory Coast

10:30 Morning Refreshments 

Mid-Morning Session: Investing in Africa
        
Chair: Duncan Onduru, Executive Director, CATA, United Kingdom

11:00 Cross-Border VAT in Africa – Current Issues and Challenges
Maurice Mwaniki, VAT Director – Middle East and Africa, General Electric (GE), Kenya 

11:30 Investing in Africa Through Mauritius – Post-BEPS Considerations 
Rajesh Ramloll, Deputy Solicitor General of Mauritius and President, IFA Mauritius Branch

12:00 Investing in Ghana – Tax and Other Considerations
Paul Asamoah, Tax & Risk Lead, Accra Breweries Limited, Ghana

12:30 Networking Lunch

BEarly-Afternoon Session: Taxation of the Extractive Industry
        
Chair: Prof. David Justin Bakibinga, Makerere University, Uganda

14:00 Taxation of Oil and Gas in West Africa – Legal, Practical and Regulatory Issues
Theophilus I. Emuwa, Partner, AELEX, Nigeria

14:45 Extractive Industries Taxation Issues for Developing Countries – The UN Approach    
Eric Mensah, Chair UN Subcommittee on Extractive Industries Taxation Issues for Developing Countries and Assistant Commissioner, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana

15:30 Afternoon Refreshments
        
Mid-Afternoon Session: Taxation of the Extractive Industry
        
Chair: Sebastine Odimma, Head of Tax, Maersk Group Nigeria

16:00 Taxation of the Extractive Industry in Ghana – Lessons and Challenges    
Nana Afua Okoh, Manager – Taxation & Corporate Finance, Gold Fields Ghana Ltd, Ghana

16:45 Taxation of the Extractive Industry – The Nigerian Experience 
Chief Mark Anthony C. Dike (FCTI), Immediate Past President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN)

17:30 End of Day 2 Sessions

19:30 Symposium Gala Dinner

Friday, 12 May
        
Early-Morning Session: Domestic Resource Mobilization in Africa
        
Chair: Daniel Ngumy, Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K), Kenya

09:00 Domestic Resource Mobilization and Sustainable Development in Africa: Looking at the Capacity Dimension
Dr Barassou Diawara, Knowledge Management Expert, The African Capacity Building Foundation

09:30 Domestic Resource Mobilization in West Africa – Role, Ambitions and Challenges of the West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF)
Babatunde Oladapo, Executive Secretary, WATAF, Nigeria

10:00 Harmful Tax Practices in Africa – Tax Incentives and the Race to the Bottom
Prof. Annet Wanyana Oguttu, Tax Law Subject Head, University of South Africa

10:30 Fiscal Management of Tax Expenditures – Challenges and Country Cases on Africa
Leif Jensen, Africa Region Tax Policy Coordinator, World Bank

11:00 Morning Refreshments
        
Mid-Morning Session: Role of Tax Treaties
        
Chair: Martin Kisuu, Director, Taxwise Consulting, Kenya

11:30 Are Tax Treaties Depriving African Countries of Vital Revenue? Two Perspectives
Speaker 1: Savior Mwambwa, Tax Power Campaign Manager, ActionAid International 
Speaker 2: Prof. Johann Hattingh, University of Cape Town, South Africa

12:30 Question and Answer Session    

Noon Session: Closing Ceremony

13:00 Updates on the Centre for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT)
Kennedy Munyandi, CSAT Manager, IBFD, The Netherlands

13:15 Closing Remarks
Belema Obuoforibo, Director, IBFD Knowledge Centre, IBFD, The Netherlands

13:30 End of Symposium/Networking Lunch

14:30 Optional Tours

 Download the programme

 

 


 

  • Annet Wanyana Oguttu, Professor of Tax Law, University of South Africa, South Africa
  • • Babatunde Oladapo, Executive Secretary, West African Tax Administrations Forum (WATAF), Nigeria
  • Barassou Diawara, Knowledge and Learning Officer, The African Capacity Building Foundation, Zimbabwe
  • Belema Obuoforibo, Director: Knowledge Centre, IBFD, Netherlands
    • Daniel Ngumy, Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K), Kenya
  • David J. Bakibinga, Makerere University, Uganda
    Duncan Onduru, Executive Director, Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA), United Kingdom
  • Elandre Brandt, Head of Group Tax, Imperial Holdings Limited, South Africa
  • Emily Muyaa, Managing Senior: Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Middle East and Latin America, IBFD, Netherlands
  • • Eric Mensah, Chair UN Subcommittee on Extractive Industries Taxation Issues for Developing Countries and Assistant Commissioner, Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana
  • • George Obell, Chief Manager - Audit Operations, LTO, Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Jan Maarten Slagter, Chief Executive Officer, IBFD, Netherlands
  • Johann Hattingh, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Kennedy Munyandi, Manager: Africa, Middle East and Latin America, IBFD, Netherlands
  • • Laila Benchekroun - Head of International Tax Treaties Unit, Ministry of Economy & Finance, Moroccan General Administration of Taxes, Morocco
  • Leif Jensen, Senior Economist and Tax Policy Focal Point in the Africa Region and Senior Officer in the World Bank Group’s Macro Fiscal Management Global Practice, Denmark
  • • Márcio F. Verdi, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT), Panama
  • Chief Mark Anthony C. Dike, Immediate Past President, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN)
  • • Martin Kisuu, Managing Partner, Taxwise Consulting, Kenya
  • • Maurice Mwaniki, VAT Director – Middle East and Africa, General Electric (GE), Kenya
  • Michael Lennard, Chief of International Tax Cooperation and Trade in the Financing for Development Office, United Nations, United States
  • • Nana Afua Okoh, Manager - Taxation & Corporate Finance, Gold Fields Ghana Ltd, Ghana
  • Noël-Faustin Kouame, Manager: Transfer Pricing Unit, Bile-Aka, Brizoua Bi & Associates, Ivory Coast
  • • OECD representatives: to be announced
  • • Paul Asamoah, Tax & Risk Lead, Accra Breweries Limited, Ghana
  • • Philip Mensah, Deputy Commissioner, Ghana Revenue Authority
  • Pramod Kumar, Member, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Ministry of Law and Justice, India
  • Rajesh Ramloll, Deputy Solicitor General, Mauritius
  • Ridha Hamzaoui, Regional Tax Manager, Africa & Middle East, IBFD, Netherlands
  • Ron Strikker, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Ghana, Ghana
  • Roy Rohatgi, Settlor and ManagingTrustee, Foundation for International Taxation, India
  • • Savior Mwambwa, Tax Power Campaign Manager, ActionAid International, South Africa
  • Sebastine Odimma, Head of Tax, Maersk Group, Nigeria
    Sorrel Hidding, Head of Marketing & Member, Centre for Studies in African Taxation, IBFD, Netherlands
  • Taiwo Oyedele, Head of Tax and Regulatory Services and the West Africa Market Tax Leader, PwC, Nigeria.
  • • Theophilus I. Emuwa, Partner, AELEX, Nigeria
  • Victor van Kommer, Director, Tax Services, IBFD, Netherlands

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In cooperation with:

 
The Kingdom of the Netherlands will host our Welcome Reception on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 at the residence of the Dutch Ambassador in Accra, Ghana.
 

 

 

 


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mrs Sorrel Hidding, Head of Marketing.
The Symposium will be held at the Labadi Beach Hotel, renowned for its excellent food and the unique spirit of Ghanaian hospitality. The hotel is ideally located within easy access of both Accra city and Kotoka International Airport. Set amidst tropical landscaped gardens, Labadi Beach Hotel is Ghana's premier hotel, resort and business address.
 

 

Labadi Hotel Ghana

 

As alternative accommodation, the sister hotel La Palm Royal Beach Hotel is adjacent to the Labadi Beach Hotel and is also part of the Legacy Group. This hotel is one of Accra's principal addresses for business people and government delegations. Hugging the shores of the Atlantic, this 159-room hotel is located inside 30 acres of lush lawns and landscaped gardens.
 

 

La Palma Royal Beach Ghana

 

Delegates are entitled to the special conference rates. Details on how to qualify for these rates will be sent to delegates upon receipt of payment of the Symposium's contribution fee.
 
 
Registration enquiries please contact:
Carmen Gonsalves
Event Manager
Tel.: +31-20-554 0144 (GMT+1)
Email: africataxsymposium@ibfd.org
 
Sponsorship enquiries please contact:
Sorrel Hidding
Head of Marketing
Tel.: +31-613325049 (GMT+1)
Email: s.hidding@ibfd.org