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29 - 31 May 20195th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium

During the last 4 years, our symposium has proudly travelled across Africa and quickly gained momentum as Africa’s key tax event. In 2019, we are delighted to celebrate our fifth anniversary in Stellenbosch, South Africa's world-famous wine region. 
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Stellenbosch - South Africa
5th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium
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Against the magnificent backdrop of Stellenbosch Mountain and amongst some of the most famous vineyards in the world, we look forward to covering the most discussed tax issues of today.
A change from our usual beach setting, the Hotel Spier is located in the Western Cape, conveniently situated approximately 50 km from Cape Town (15 minutes from the airport), and is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, steeped in history dating back to 1692. 


The hottest topics in international taxation will be discussed, such as the impact of the Multilateral Instrument on bilateral tax treaties within Africa, challenges of the digital economy in an African taxation context, transfer pricing and indirect tax challenges in Africa, global exchange of information and tax transparency in the post-BEPS era, and much more.
Held over 3 days, the symposium will provide a world-class original programme accompanied by our not-to-be-missed social events. We do expect record numbers, avoid disappointment and please register as soon as possible.
A French translation service will be available during the symposium.
Un service de traduction simultanée sera mis à disposition des participants pendant le symposium. 


Regular Contribution Fee ZAR 9,056.25
Officials from an African tax authority ZAR 6,037.50
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NOTE: If your company is located in South Africa please provide your VAT identification number when registering.


IBFD Masterclass - Managing Risks and Harnessing Opportunities in International Taxation and Transfer Pricing in Africa
27-28 May 2019, Stellenbosch, South Africa​
As a prelude to the 5th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium, we are delighted to once again offer a Masterclass focused on the Africa region.  Read more and register

The 4th Africa Tax Symposium Highlights

Tuesday, 28 May

 Arrival, Registration and Cocktail Reception    
12:00–17:00 Arrival and Registration
19:00–22:00 Cocktail Reception 

Day 1: Wednesday, 29 May

Registration and Opening Ceremony

08:00–08:45 Registration and Accreditation
08:45–09:15 Official Welcome and Goodwill Messages by Cooperating Partners
Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the Knowledge Centre and Member of the Executive Board, IBFD, the Netherlands
Jan Maarten Slagter, Chief Executive Officer, IBFD, Netherlands
Jennifer Roeleveld, Emeritus Professor in Tax, University of Cape Town, South Africa

09:15–09:45 Keynote Speech
Edward Kieswetter, South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner

09:45–10:30 Refreshments and Photo Session

Session 1: Recent Developments in International Taxation

10:30–10:40 Opening Remarks Session Chair
Parthasarathi Shome, ITRAF, India
10:40–11:00 The UN Model Tax Convention 2017: An Analysis of the Latest Revisions
Jacques Sasseville, Inter-regional Adviser at the United Nations (DESA-FSDO), United States
11:00–11:20 Implementing the OECD BEPS Project in Africa: Lessons and Experiences
Varsha Singh, Deputy Head - Global Relations and Development, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD, Paris
11:20–11:45 Questions and Discussion

Session 2: Africa’s Tax Treaty Network: A Critical Analysis

11:45–11:55 Opening Remarks Session Chair    
Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the Knowledge Centre and Member of the Executive Board, IBFD, the Netherlands                        
11:55–12:15 Treaties with Investment Hubs: Critical Considerations
Mohammed Y. Jada, Africa Leader, Business Tax Services, EY, South Africa
12:15–12:30 Africa’s Tax Treaty Network: Middle East Focus          
Mohamed Faycal Charfeddine, Group Tax Manager, Aujan Group Holding, Dubai, UAE                     
The Multilateral Instrument (MLI) Impact: Policy, Legal and Practical Considerations for Africa
Ridha Hamzaoui, Managing Principal, Middle East and North Africa, IBFD, the Netherlands
12:45–13:00 Questions and Discussion

13:00–14:30 Lunch

Session 3: Current Issues in International Taxation

14:30–14:40 Opening Remarks Session Chair
Lazelle Terblanche, Head of Tax, Multi-Choice and Chairperson, Africa Industry Tax Association, South Africa
14:40–15:00 International Tax Structuring and Planning, Post-BEPS: Global Trends
Peter Dachs, Director, ENSafrica, Cape Town, South Africa
15:00–15:20 International Tax Structuring and Planning, Post-BEPS: The African Perspective 
Theophilus I. Emuwa, Partner, AELEX, Nigeria
15:20–15:40 Addressing Tax Avoidance through the Courts and Legislation: An Overview of Recent African Experiences
Johann Hattingh, University of Cape Town, South Africa
15:40–16:10 Questions and Discussion

16:10–16:50 Refreshments

Day 2: Thursday, 30 May

Session 4: Transfer Pricing in Africa

09:00–10:00 Transfer Pricing in Africa: The Post-BEPS Experience (Panel Discussion)
Emily Muyaa, Managing Principal, Sub-Saharan Africa & Project Manager, Centre for Studies in African Taxation, IBFD, the Netherlands
Ferdinand Nji Tanji, Associate Director, EY, Cameroon

George Obell, Chief Manager, International Tax Office, Kenya Revenue Authority
Louisa Tlale, International Tax Manager, SASOL, South Africa
Oluwaseun Adu, PwC West Africa Transfer Pricing Leader, Nigeria
Vicki Bales M.A., Transfer Pricing Director, DLA Piper, London, United Kingdom

10:00–10:20 Comparability Analysis and the Elusive Search for Comparables: A Case Study
Sébastien Gonnet, Transfer Pricing Economists for Development (TPED), France
10:20–10:40 Navigating a Transfer Pricing Audit: A Synopsis of Useful Tools
Maqbool Lalljee, Director, Bureau van Dijk, London, United Kingdom
10:40–11:00 Questions and Discussion
11:00–11:15 Book Launch (Roy Rohatgi on International Taxation)
Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the Knowledge Centre and Member of the Executive Board, IBFD, the Netherlands
Jennifer Roeleveld, Emeritus Professor in Tax, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Roy Rohatgi, Settlor and ManagingTrustee, Foundation for International Taxation, India

11:15–11:30 Refreshments

Session 5: Host Country Focus: Taxation of the Services Industry in
South Africa – Selected Issues

11:30–11:40 Opening Remarks Session Chair
Chief Mark Anthony C. Dike (FCTI), Past President/Council Member, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN)
11:40–12:00 Overview of South Africa’s Tax Policy for the Services Industry: Challenges and Lessons       
Lutando Mvovo, Executive Head: International Tax at Vodacom Group, South Africa                      12:00–12:20 Taxation of Electronic Commerce Transactions
Aneesa Baig, Director, National Treasury, South Africa
12:20–12:40 Taxation of the Funds Industry in South Africa
Elandre Brandt, Head of Group Tax, Imperial Holdings Ltd
12:40–13:00 Perspectives from the Rest of Africa on Selected Host Country Issues​
Sebastine Odimma, Head of Tax, Maersk Group Nigeria
13:00–13:15 Questions and Discussion                               

13:15–14:30 Lunch

Session 6: Investing in Africa

14:30–14:40 Opening Remarks Session Chair
Daniel Ngumy, Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K), Kenya
14:40–15:10 Understanding the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
Faizel Ismail, Adjunct Professor – UCT School of Economics, Consultant to the DTI (SA) on international trade and a Special Envoy on the AGOA
15:10–15:40 The Winds from the East: A Tax Perspective on China’s Foray into Africa
Ernie Lai King, Managing Director, 1 Road Consulting Limited, South Africa
15:40–16:00 Questions and Discussion

16:00–16:20 Refreshments

16:20–16:30 Opening Remarks Session Chair
David J. Bakibinga, Makerere University, Uganda
16:30–16:50 Investing in Africa through Mauritius: the Tax Perspective
Rajesh Ramloll, Deputy Solicitor General, Mauritius 
16:50–17:10 Tax Incentives and Domestic Resource Mobilization: Settling the Misconceptions
Annet Wanyana Oguttu, University of Pretoria, South Africa
17:10–17:30 Questions and Discussion

19:30 Symposium Gala Dinner

Day 3: Friday, 31 May

Session 7: Tax and Technology

09:00–09:10 Opening Remarks Session Chair
Izelle Du Plessis, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
09:10–09:30 Taxing the Digital Economy: Overview of Current Global State of Play
Walter Andreoni, Tax Partner, Mercanti Dorio e Associati, Italy
09:30–09:50 Taxing the Digital Economy: Lessons from India
Ameya Kunte, Experienced tax professional, India
09:50–10:10 Africa and the Digital Economy: Critical Points for Attention
Mlondie P. Mohale, Manager, International Transactions – Large Taxpayer Unit, Eswatini Revenue Authority
10:10–10:30 Questions and Discussion

10:30–10:50 Refreshments

Session 8: Tax Administration and Tax Technology

10:50–11:00 Opening Remarks Session Chair
Duncan Onduru, Executive Director, CATA, United Kingdom
11:00–11:20 Equipping Tax Administrations for the Digital World: Lessons for Africa
Julia de Jong, Manager, Government Consultancy Department, IBFD, Netherlands
11:20–12:00 Panel Discussion
Julia de Jong, Manager, Government Consultancy Department, IBFD, Netherlands
Carel Gericke, Group Head of Tax, MTN, South Africa
Yvonne Wafula, Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Project Manager, Kenya Revenue Authority

Session 9: Tax Authorities’ Powers of Enforcement and Round-up on African Tax Treaty Policy​

12:00–12:10 Opening Remarks Session Chair
Babatunde Oladapo, Executive Secretary, WATAF, Nigeria
12:10–12:30 Exchange of Information: the African Perspective
Johanne Hague, Partner, Juristconsult Chambers, Mauritius
12:30–12:50 African Tax Treaty Policy: Shifting Winds or Status Quo
Craig West, University of Cape Town, South Africa
12:50–13:10 Questions and Discussion
13:20 Closing Ceremony

14:30 Optional Tours

The Africa Tax Symposium is an outstanding platform for your business to grow its market understanding and brand presence in Africa.


Platinum Sponsor 
Gold Sponsor
DLA Piper has over 400 tax lawyers and economists in offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, helping the tax departments of multinational companies address the complex challenges of international commerce and business operations. 


Silver Sponsor

Africa Industry Tax Association

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The symposium takes place at the Hotel Spier, Stellenbosch,South Africa. Confirmed symposium delegates are entitled to special conference rates, subject to availability. Hotel information and rates can be found in the registration form.
Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, with a recorded history dating back to 1692. Whilst rooted in heritage, there is a vibrant and conscious energy, and it is also home to one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art. The hotel features breathtaking views of the majestic Stellenbosch Mountain, rolling vineyards and free-range livestock.