The Good Financial Governance in Africa programme promotes transparency and accountability in public financial management and is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU). Its objective is to foster Good Financial Governance in Africa, more specifically to equip decision-makers in African public finance to use region-specific services, products and further education to improve financial governance.
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The GIZ-Good Financial Governance (GFG) in Africa programme received the Valued Development Partner award from The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) for 10 years of strong partnership on tax matters in Africa. This was awarded during ATAF’s 4th International Conference on Tax in Africa (ICTA), which took place from the 19th – 21st November 2019 in Kampala, Uganda.
ATAF is one of the key partners of GIZ-Good Financial Governance (GFG) in Africa programme in the area of tax policy and tax administration and was founded in 2009. The GFG in Africa programme supports ATAF by providing strategic, technical and organisational expertise, as well as technical advisory in various tax fields including the developing sound policies forming sound policies, organisational structures and effective methods of management. The ATAF Secretariat is situated in Pretoria, South Africa and is headed by the Executive Secretary Mr Logan Wort. The ATAF structure has a council whose current chair is Mr Tunde Fowler, Executive Chairman: Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) of Nigeria.
The theme of the 4th International Conference on Tax in Africa (ICTA) was “Innovation – Digitalisation and Harnessing Technology to Improve Tax Systems” bringing together 450 participants from International organizations, policymakers, academics and civil society organisations to the ICTA. The three-day conference explored innovative solutions to policy challenges that ATAF member countries face in dealing with the taxation within the digital economy, which informs the global tax issues. These were discussed during the different sessions within the conference, looking into the challenges and opportunities in Africa in using technology to improve and strengthen tax systems.
ATAF’s mandate is to assist its 38 member countries in Africa to develop and improve their tax systems and create a knowledge sharing as well as peer learning platform. Through its 10-years of existence, GIZ has supported ATAF through the GFG in Africa programme in setting up functioning structures and procedures at the organisation’s Secretariat. This assistance included the reorganisation of the Secretariat and review of ATAFs back-office processes, as well as supporting the development of strategic plans.
“It is indeed a great honour to be recognised as one of the stakeholders who have contributed to the strengthening of ATAF in discharging its mandate to offer service to tax administrations in the African continent. This award is proof of a working partnership.One of many highlights of the partnership with ATAF includes the development of a higher education programme called the Executive Master’s in Taxation (EMT), tailor-made to the needs and conditions of African tax officials and their sending institutions, mostly tax administrations and ministries of Finance offered in English and French. The EMT students have received training in Berlin (Germany), Johannesburg (South Africa), Dakar (Senegal) and Port Louis (Mauritius).
GIZ implements the GFG in Africa programme on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in strengthening the knowledge and skills of decision-makers. The programme’s partnership with ATAF has capacitated the secretariat in improving and strengthen Tax authorise in Africa for national development, alleviate poverty and to deliver much-needed public services.