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20 - 22 May 20206th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium

Over the last 5 years, our symposium has proudly travelled across Africa and quickly gained momentum as Africa’s key tax event. In 2020, we are delighted to celebrate our sixth anniversary in Arusha, Tanzania; home of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Arusha - Tanzania
6th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium

Important Notification - 12 March 2020

After careful consideration, IBFD has decided to postpone the 6th Africa Tax Symposium.

With the World Health Organisation’s declaration that the COVID-19 virus is now a pandemic, combined with the fact that many countries worldwide are closing borders, placing travellers in quarantine, and restricting travel, we feel that the risk to conference delegates is too great in the current health climate. For this reason, we are postponing the symposium to a later date.

Once a new date has been confirmed, we will update this page accordingly.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Symposium. We look forward to reuniting with you soon.

Situated at the foothills of Mount Meru, the Mount Meru Hotel lies on 15 acres of serene and lush landscape. In addition to being in the topographic centrepiece of the Arusha National Park, the hotel is conveniently situated approximately 50km from Kilimanjaro Airport.


The hottest topics in international taxation will be discussed, such as current issues in international taxation impacting the taxation of multinational enterprises, effective anti-avoidance measures, the trends and recent practice in transfer pricing in Africa, 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, so avoid disappointment and please register as soon as possible.


Please note that the nearest airport to Arusha is Kilimanjaro International Airport. The transfer time to Arusha takes about 1 hour. Transfers can be arranged via your hotel.




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

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IBFD Masterclass: Tax Planning in Africa – Selected Critical Issues


As a prelude to the 6th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium, we are delighted to present the third edition of our international tax and transfer pricing-focused Masterclass on African taxation providing a unique learning platform for African tax practitioners. This two-day advanced-level course will provide participants with a platform to be able to learn, share and debate the most pressing issues in international taxation and transfer pricing including permanent establishment and transfer pricing cases, capital gains taxation of immovable property and natural resources, withholding tax planning and substance considerations.


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A French translation service will be available during the symposium.

Un service de traduction simultanée sera mis à disposition des participants pendant le symposium.


The 5th Africa Tax Symposium Highlights

Tuesday, 19 May 2020


Pre-Symposium - Arrival, Registration and Cocktail Reception


Day 1: Wednesday, 20 May 2020


Registration and Opening Ceremony
Registration and accreditation
Official Welcome and Goodwill Messages by Cooperating Partners
Keynote Speech
Conference Preview                               
Refreshments & Photo Session
Session 1: Recent Developments in International Taxation
UN Initiatives: Insights for Africa
OECD Recent Developments: An Overview

Significant Developments in Domestic Law and Tax Treaties: Perspectives from Selected Jurisdictions Outside Africa

Significant Developments in Domestic Law and Tax Treaties: Perspectives from Africa
Session 2: Recent Developments in International Taxation: Towards a Global Standard?
Panel Discussion on the following Selected Issues:
The Proposed New Taxing Right: Potential Impact on Developing Countries
An Analysis of the Proposed Nexus Rules
The Proposed Global Base Erosion Rules: Challenges and Prospects for Africa
Session 3: The New Era of Anti-Avoidance Measures: Practical Considerations
Overview of Recent Global Developments
Combating Aggressive Tax Planning in Africa through Effective Anti-Avoidance Measures
Combating Aggressive Tax Planning: Lessons from Selected Jurisdictions
Combatting Aggressive Tax Planning: Recent Case Law from around the Globe


Day 2: Thursday, 21 May 2020


Session 4: Transfer Pricing in Africa: Recent Trends and Practice
The UN Practical Manual on Transfer Pricing: Analysis and Insights
A Synopsis of the Arm’s Length Principle in Transfer Pricing: The Now and the Future
Attempting Certainty in an Uncertain World: A Case Study on the Search for Comparables
Panel Discussion
Coffee Break
Session 5: Special Industry Focus: Extractives
Host Country Focus: The Mining Industry in Tanzania – Tax and Regulatory Issues
Taxation of the Extractives Industry in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities (Panel Discussion)
Session 6: Trade and Investment in Africa: Selected Issues
The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement: the Journey to date, and Future Prospects
Africa's Bilateral Investment Treaties: Perspectives from Critical Jurisdictions
Doing Business in Africa: Reflections from Industry
Session 7: Tax Dispute Avoidance and Resolution
Recent Developments in the International Tax Dispute Resolution Framework
Dispute Avoidance and Resolution in Africa: Current Policy Challenges (Panel Discussion)
Symposium Gala Dinner


Day 3: Friday, 22 May 2020 (Half day)


Session 8: Tax Policy Formulation: Perspectives on Africa
Formulating Robust Tax Policy in Africa: Experiences and Lessons
The Role of Regional Tax Bodies in Shaping the Global Tax Agenda
Panel Discussion: Addressing Challenges in Tax Administration – Selected Issues:
Illicit Financial Flows
Taxation of the Informal Economy
Coffee Break
Session 9: Domestic Resource Mobilization: Examining the Capacity Dimension
Domestic Resource Mobilisation in Africa: the 2020 Scorecard
Capacity Deficits in Taxation in Africa (Panel Discussion)
Closing Ceremony
Optional Tours
The Africa Tax Symposium is an outstanding platform for your business to grow its market understanding and brand presence in Africa.
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Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha’s famous hotel and Africa’s largest and most exciting conference destination. An oasis of tranquillity on Tanzania’s gateway to major tourist destinations, the Mount Meru Hotel blends stylishly elegant African architecture with supremely luxurious accommodation; sparkling water gardens with beautifully landscaped gardens and a wide choice of international restaurants.