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09 - 11 May 20184th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium

In just three short years, the Africa Tax Symposium has become Africa’s key tax event, drawing together tax professionals from industry, practice, government, civil society and the judiciary.
 
Category:
IBFD attended event, Conference/Seminar
Language:
English
Location:
Mombasa - Kenya
4th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium
Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort
Mombasa, Kenya

4th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium

In just three short years, the IBFD Africa Tax Symposium has become Africa’s key tax event, drawing together tax professionals from industry, practice, government, civil society and the judiciary.

The symposium 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.

For our fourth year, the symposium moves back across the continent to East Africa, taking us to Mombasa – the second-largest city in Kenya. Situated on the eastern coastline of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean, Mombasa is famous for its tranquil beaches, world-class hotels and all-year tropical climate. The Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort is conveniently located just 20 kilometres from Moi International Airport and is a 20-minute drive from the city centre.

As news quickly spreads of the success of the symposium, we continue to attract world-class speakers, and 2018 will again be a true reflection of this. Every year we ask our delegates to provide us with feedback on the symposium, which contributes to improvements on the next year’s programme. By listening to you, and with the experience of our esteemed speakers, we are able to deliver a dynamic and groundbreaking programme that helps to navigate the current and future African tax landscape.

Highlights for the 2018 Africa Tax Symposium:
  • Impact of the Multilateral Instrument on Bilateral Tax Treaties
  • Challenges of the Digital Economy in an African Taxation Context
  • Recent Key Developments in International Taxation of Relevance to Africa
  • Transfer Pricing and Indirect Tax Challenges in Africa
  • Global Exchange of Information and Tax Transparency in the Post-BEPS Era

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to our 4th Africa Tax Symposium. Whether you are a returning or new guest, we are sure this event will continue in its success and not disappoint!

The contribution fee for the 2018 symposium is USD 350 / EUR 300. Officials from an Africa tax authority are entitled to a reduced fee of USD 220 / EUR 190, please send an email to info@ibfd-conferences.org to receive your promo code.

IBFD Masterclass: Selected Issues in International Tax Structuring in Africa
7-8 May 2018, Mombasa, Kenya
 
As a prelude to the 4th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium, we are delighted to offer a two-day upper-intermediate/advanced-level course concentrating on a number of common international tax structuring scenarios involving African businesses. It examines the widely used regional tax planning routes, structures and tax treaties. Attention will also be paid to domestic and regional tax policy and transfer pricing developments, such as base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) and the implementation of the Multilateral Instrument in Africa.
 
It is possible to sign up for only one day of the course or take advantage of a combination price and sign up for the whole two days:
Register for Day 1 only
Register for Day 2 only
Register for the whole two-day course (special combination rate available)

Download the programme

Download the programme
 

Preliminary programme

  • Tuesday, 8 May

    Pre-Symposium - Arrival, Registration and Cocktail Reception
    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

     
  • Day 1: Wednesday, 9 May

    Registration and Opening Ceremony

    08:00 - 09:00 Registration
    09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Address
    Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the Knowledge Centre and Member of the Executive Board
    09:10 - 09:30 Remarks by Cooperating Partners
    [Speaker TBA]
    09:30 - 09:45 IBFD in Africa – Past, Present and Future
    Jan Maarten Slagter, CEO, IBFD
    09:45 - 10:00 Keynote Address
    Senior Government or Tax Official [TBA]
    10:00 - 10:15 Introduction/Setting of the Stage: Trends in International Taxation
    Kennedy Munyandi, Manager of the Africa, Middle East & Latin America Knowledge Group, IBFD
    10:15 - 10:45 Morning Refreshments and Photo Session

    Mid-morning Session: Global Exchange of Information and Tax Transparency in the Post-BEPS Era

    10:45 – 11:15 Common Reporting Standard – Purpose, Benefits and Challenges for African Countries
    11:15 - 11:45 Protection of Taxpayers' Rights in the Era of Automatic Exchange of Information
    11:45 - 12:15 Improving Transparency of Global Financial and Tax Systems to Curb Illicit Financial Flows – Role and Activities of Civil Society
    12:15 – 12:45 Multi-Jurisdictional Tax Audits in Africa – Challenges and Opportunities
    12:45 - 14:00 Networking Lunch

    Early-Afternoon Session: Digital Economy in an African Taxation Context

    14.00 – 14:30 New Business Models and International Taxation Challenges
    14.30 – 15:00 Unilateral Tax Trends in the Taxation of the Digital Economy – Lessons for African Countries
    15:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Refreshments

    Late-Afternoon Session: Tax Administration in the 21st Century

    15.30 – 16:00 Digital Solutions to Non-Compliance – Blockchain Technology, Cryptocurrencies, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
    16:00 – 16:30 Big Data – Challenges and Opportunities for Tax Administrators and Practitioners in Africa
    16:30 – 17:00 Tax Policy and Administration in the 21st Century – Looking Through the Crystal Ball

     
  • Day 2: Thursday, 10 May

    Morning Session: Recent Developments in International Taxation of Relevance to Africa

    09:00 – 09:30 Key Global Developments in International Taxation
    09:30 – 10:00 The UN Model Tax Convention – Major Recent Changes and Potential Impact on Treaty Policies of Developing Countries
    10:00 - 10:30 Harmful Tax Practices – The 2017 Inclusive Framework Progress Report on Preferential Regimes
    10:30 – 11:00 Refreshments

    Mid-Morning Session: BEPS Implementation in African and Other Developing Countries

    11:00 – 13:00 Opportunities and Challenges of the Multilateral Instrument (MLI) Implementation in African and Other Developing Countries: Four Aspects and Perspectives
    • MLI – Purpose, Legal and Policy Issues
    • MLI – Practical Application
    • MLI – Peer Reviews Under the Inclusive Framework
    • MLI – Skills and Capacity Implications for Developing Countries
    13:00 - 14:00 Networking Lunch

    Early-Afternoon Session: Transfer Pricing

    14:00 - 14:30 Transfer Pricing – Global Developments and Lessons for Africa
    14:30 - 15:00 Transfer Pricing Compliance and Audit Risk Management
    15:00 - 15:45 Roundtable: A Case Study on Transfer Pricing Risk Management – A Kenyan Perspective
    15:45 - 16:15 Refreshments

    Late-Afternoon Session: Taxation of the Extractive Industry

    16:15 – 16:45 Taxation of the Extractives Industry in East Africa
    16:45 – 17:15 Mining and Petroleum Contracts – Negotiation Strategies
    17:15 End of Day 2 Sessions
    19:30 Symposium Gala Dinner

     
  • Day 3: Friday, 11 May

    Early-Morning Session: Looking East: The Middle and Far East

    09:00 - 09:30 China’s Treaty Policy and its “Going-Out” Strategy: The China-Africa Tax and Investment Treaties
    09:30 - 10:00 Key Features of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) VAT
    10:30 - 11:00 Refreshments

    Mid-Morning Session: Tax and Development

    11:00 - 11:30 Improving the Integrity of Tax Systems in Africa - Best Strategies
    11:30 - 12:00 Domestic Resource Mobilization and Sustainable Development in Africa: Tax Capacity Building
    12:00 - 12:15 Closing remarks
    Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the Knowledge Centre and Member of the Executive Board
    12:30 End of Symposium/Networking Lunch
    13:30 Optional Tours
Preliminary speaker list
  More to be announced!
The Africa Tax Symposium is an outstanding platform for your business to grow its market understanding and brand presence in Africa.
 
If you would like to enquire about our sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
 
Sorrel Hidding
Head of Marketing
Email: s.hidding@ibfd.org

The symposium takes place at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa in Mombasa, Kenya. Confirmed symposium delegates are entitled to special conference rates, subject to availability. Hotel information and rates can be found in the registration form.

Alternatively, below is a list of preferred hotels that we are happy to recommend within the vicinity of the conference location:

Travellers Beach Hotel 4*
Bamburi Beach Hotel 3*  
Azul Margarita Beach Resort 5* 
Plaza Beach Hotel 3*  
Severin Sea Lodge 4* 
PrideInn Paradise Beach Hotel 4*    
Neptune Beach Resort 4*                
Serena Beach Resort 5*