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UnscheduledTax Planning in Africa and the Middle East

Gain in-depth knowledge on a number of common international tax planning scenarios in Africa and the Middle East. You can now attend this popular IBFD Tax Course in Dubai!
Please note: This course is not currently scheduled. The price, program and instructors are detailed as per the previous course for information purposes only and may be subject to change.
Tax Courses
Dubai - UAE
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Client offer:
20% discount for IBFD Membership clients and 10% discount for Global Tax Explorer (Plus) clients.
Early Bird Discount: a 30% discount will be applied automatically to registrations received until  7 September 2018.
Tax Planning in Africa and the Middle East

Overview and learning objectives

This three-day intermediate-level course concentrates on a number of common international tax planning scenarios in Africa and the Middle East (ME) region. 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. Regarding the ME region, special consideration will be given to certain domestic tax regimes, such as Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, the course will take a specific look at different sub-Saharan countries in Southern Africa (e.g. Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia), Central Africa (e.g. Congo Dem. Rep. and Congo Rep.), West Africa (e.g. Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria) and East Africa (e.g. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) and will provide a high-level overview of the specific features of the tax systems that make these countries lucrative investment targets in the region. Course participants will also learn about some other jurisdictions (e.g. the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland) that are commonly used as investment gateways to Africa.
The course covers, through a combination of formal presentations and complex examples, some common tax planning tools involving holdings, financing and treasury companies and branches, and tax consolidation regimes. Both inbound and outbound tax planning techniques will be examined. The course will present the latest issues for manufacturing and distributor multinational enterprises as well as an introduction to tax planning related to R&D activities, intangibles and permanent establishments, including the potential impact of recent international developments under the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project and the Multilateral Instrument on tax planning in selected African and ME countries.
This course is designed to provide participants who deal with international tax planning in the region with updates on relevant tax treaty and transfer pricing developments. The course is also important for those tax professionals who are not based in Africa or the Middle East but whose day-to-day work requires further knowledge of the tax issues of the region.

Field of study


Who should attend?

The course is suitable for (E)MEA tax managers and directors, practitioners in tax advisory firms, other in-house tax specialists in commerce and industry (such as real estate, manufacturing, pharma, finance, insurance and banking) and government officials.

Course level and prerequisites

This is an intermediate-level course. Participants taking this course will be expected to have a good understanding of at least one national tax system and the fundamentals of double tax treaties and transfer pricing.

Pre-course preparation

In order to participate in this particular course, no advance preparation is necessary.


Interactive course - "Group Live"

To safeguard the interactive nature of the course, including group discussions and case studies, a limited number of 40 participants will be accepted. Early registration is therefore recommended.


Continuing Professional Education

Recommended CPE points for this course: 23 (in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE points, CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour). Read more information on CPE points and accreditation for IBFD International Tax Courses.


Course fee and registration details

The course fee covers participation in the course, all course materials, lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments. The costs of accommodation and transport are not covered. If you have any other questions regarding attendance of the course, travel arrangements, payments and cancellations, please consult our FAQ.
  • Introduction to the domestic tax systems in the ME region
  • Tax treaty network of the ME countries
  • Introduction to the domestic tax systems of selected African countries
  • Tax treaty network of selected African countries
  • Taxing the digital economy
  • Tax planning for holding activities in the Middle East
  • Tax planning for financing and R&D activities in the Middle East
  • Tax planning for holding and financing activities in Africa
  • Managing permanent establishment risks in the Middle East and in selected African countries
  • The Multilateral Instrument from an African and ME perspective
  • Practical challenges in transfer pricing in selected African countries


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  • Thomas Vanhee
    Thomas Vanhee is a founding partner at Aurifer in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has more than ten years experience in the field of taxation. Mr Vanhee moved to the Gulf region in the beginning of...
  • Anuj Jain
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