African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF)
The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) promotes efficient and effective tax administration, with the ultimate goal of improving the living standards of the people of Africa. It facilitates mutual cooperation among African tax administrations and other relevant and interested stakeholders by serving as a platform where progress, challenges and new directions for African tax policy and administration are being addressed. ATAF comprises 36 member states and has been growing steadily since its inception in 2009.
The partnership between GIZ and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) has produced the Executive Master’s in Taxation (EMT), a higher education training programme, tailor-made for African executives. This qualification is a recent outcome of the programme’s activities in the area of tax. In October 2014, the first 27 tax officials from revenue authorities and ministries across sub-Saharan Africa commenced with their studies in this degree in Berlin. All these participants graduated in March 2016. The 2015 intake is currently still busy with the course, and after completion the number of trained officials will stand at 70.
To foster effective tax administration and provide appropriate training for tax officials, GIZ supports ATAF in introducing e-learning courses and higher education programmes customised to the specific needs of tax officials. It also assists ATAF in its planning and research activities, and in setting up the African Tax Research Network (ATRN) in order to establish a dialogue among tax academics. The second ATRN congress, titled “Financing sustainable development in Africa: Identifying untapped and underutilised sources of revenue”, took place in September 2016.