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09 - 11 May 20184th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium

Registration closed: this event is now at full capacity. 
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.
IBFD attended event, Conference/Seminar
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 to receive your promo code.

PLEASE NOTE: Should you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please send an email to including your first name, last name, job title, company and country.

A French translation service will be available during the symposium.

Download the programme / Programme en français
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Supported by:

Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators
Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators

West African Tax Administration Forum
West African Tax Administration Forum

International Fiscal Association South Africa
International Fiscal Association South Africa

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.

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Tuesday, 8 May

Pre-Symposium - Arrival, Registration and Cocktail Reception

12:00 - 17:00 Arrival and Registration
19:00 - 22:00 Cocktail Reception

Day 1: Wednesday, 9 May

Registration and Opening Ceremony

08:00 - 08:45 Registration

08:45 - 09:00 Introductory Remarks by Master of Ceremonies
Kennedy Onyonyi, Kenya

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome Address
Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the IBFD Knowledge Centre, and Member of the IBFD Executive Board

09:10 - 09:30 Goodwill Messages by Cooperating Partners

09:30 - 09:45 Keynote Address

09:45 - 10:00 Setting the Scene: Trends in International Taxation
Kennedy Munyandi, Manager, Africa, Middle East & Latin America Knowledge Group, IBFD

10:00 - 10:45 Morning Refreshments & Photo Session

Session 1: Trends in International Taxation - An Overview

Moderator: Prof. Teju Somorin, Head, Association of African Tax Institutes (AATI), Nigeria

10:45 – 11:15 Global Developments in International Taxation
Prof. Johann Hattingh, University of Cape Town, South Africa

11:15 – 11:45 Changes to the UN Model Tax Convention – Impact on Developing Countries
Michael Lennard, Chief, International Tax Cooperation, FDO, United Nations, United States

11:45 – 12:15 Surveying the Post-BEPS Landscape: Are We Missing the Basics?
Lazelle Terblanche, Head of Tax, Video Entertainment, Naspers, and Chairperson, Africa Industry Tax Association

12:15 – 12:45 Questions and Discussion

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch

Session 2: Taxing the Digital Economy – Implications for Africa

Moderator: Babatunde Fowler, Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria

14:00 – 14:30 Taxing the Digital Economy - Global Trends
Ameya Kunte, Taxsutra, India

14:30 – 15:00 Taxing the Digital Economy – the African Case
Reggie Mezu, Senior Counsel, Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Dubai

15:00 – 15:30 Taxing the Digital Economy – the EU Perspective
Walter Andreoni,Tax Partner, Mercanti Dorio e Associati, Italy

15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon Refreshments

16:00 – 16:30 Questions and Discussion

Day 2: Thursday, 10 May

Session 3: Challenges and Prospects of the Multilateral Instrument

Moderator: Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the IBFD Knowledge Centre, and Member of the IBFD Executive Board

09:00 – 09:30 The OECD Multilateral Instrument – Key Features
Ridha Hamzaoui, Regional Tax Manager, Africa, Middle East & Latin America, IBFD, The Netherlands

09:30 – 10:00 The OECD Multilateral Instrument – The Fate of Africa’s Treaty Networks
Prof. Annet Wanyana Oguttu, Tax Law Subject Head, University of South Africa

10:00 - 10:30 Implementing the OECD Multilateral Instrument – An Indian Perspective
Parthasarathi Shome, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation, India

10:30 – 11:00 Questions and Discussion

11:00 – 11:30 Refreshments

Session 4: Transfer Pricing

Moderator: Emily Muyaa, Managing Senior, Sub-Saharan Africa, IBFD, The Netherlands

11:30 – 11:50 Transfer Pricing Landscape Post-BEPS: Focus on French-speaking African countries
Dr. Noël-Faustin Kouame, Manager, Transfer Pricing Unit, Bile-Aka, Brizoua Bi & Associates, Ivory Coast

11:50 – 12:10 The Elusive Search for Comparables: Lessons for Africa
Sebastien Gonnet, Transfer Pricing Economists for Development, Paris, France

12:10 – 13:00 Roundtable: Transfer Pricing and the Telecommunications Sector: A Case Study from a Kenyan Perspective
Fredrick Omondi, Tax Partner, Deloitte, Kenya
George Obell, Chief Manager, International Tax Office, Kenya Revenue Authority

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Session 5: Special Industry Focus: Extractives

Moderator: Margaret Moonga Chikuba, Director, Tax Policy, Ministry of Finance, Zambia

14:00 - 14:20 Taxing the Extractives Industry: A Global Overview
Sebastine Odimma, Head of Tax, Maersk Group Nigeria

14:20 – 14:50 Taxation of the Extractives Industry in East Africa: Problems and Prospects
Focus on Government: Dr. Boniphace Luhende, Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam School of Law, Tanzania
Focus on industry: Gabriel Okoyo, Senior Tax Advisor, Tullow Oil, Kenya

14:50 – 15:20 Policy and Practical Considerations: Lessons for East Africa
Chief Mark Anthony C. Dike (FCTI), Past President/Council Member, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN)

15:20 – 15:45 Questions and Discussion

15:45 - 16:15 Refreshments

Session 6: Investing in Africa

Moderator: Prof. David J. Bakibinga, Head, Department of Commercial Law, Makerere University, Uganda

16:15 – 16:45 Investing into Africa: A look at Holding and Offshore Company Regimes
Caoilfhionn van der Walt, International Tax Partner, Regan van Rooy, South Africa

16:45 – 17:15 VAT/GST and the Gulf Countries: Implications for Africa?
Mohamed Faysal Charfeddine, Group Tax Manager, Aujan Group Holding, Dubai, UAE

17:15 – 17:30 Questions and Discussion

19:30 Symposium Gala Dinner

Day 3: Friday, 11 May

Session 7: Tax Transparency in the Post-BEPS Era

Moderator: Lena Onchwari, Partner, Oraro & Company Advocates, Kenya

09:00 - 09:30 Global Exchange of Information and Tax Transparency: Current State of Play
Johanne Hague, Partner, Juristconsult Chambers, Mauritius

09:30 - 10:00 Protection of Taxpayer Rights in the Era of Automatic Exchange of Information
Prof. Craig West, University of Cape Town, South Africa

10:00 – 10:20 Questions and Discussion

10:20 - 10:40 Refreshments

Session 8: Tax and Development

Moderator: Daniel Ngumy, Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K), Kenya

10:40 - 11:40 This panel will discuss domestic resource mobilization and sustainable development in Africa with a special focus on: tax capacity building; developing the tax administration (an Egyptian perspective) and best strategies to improve the integrity of tax systems in Africa.
Faith Mazani, Commissioner General, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority
May Abo Ghally, Senior Technical Assistant to Vice Minister of Finance for Tax Policy, Egypt
Babatunde Oladapo, Executive Secretary, West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF), Nigeria

11:40 – 12:00 Questions and Discussion

Session 9: Tax Administration in Africa in the 21st Century

Moderator: Duncan Onduru, Executive Director, Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA), United Kingdom

12:00 – 13:00 This panel will deal with digital solutions to non-compliance (blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, artificial intelligence and robotics) and "big data" challenges and opportunities for tax administrators and practitioners in Africa
Andrew Wes, Senior Manager: Corporate Income Tax & Product Development, South African Revenue Service (SARS)
Peter Caxton Kinuthia, Tax Partner, KPMG, Kenya
Nicholas Nesbitt, General Manager, IBM Eastern Africa
Representative from an East African Revenue Authority: TBC

13:00 – 13:15 Closing remarks
Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the IBFD Knowledge Centre, and Member of the IBFD Executive Board

13:15 Lunch

End of Symposium

14:30 Optional Tours


Speaker list
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


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*