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CATA conference focuses on Building Sustainability and Resilience in Tax Administrations

14th November, 2018

With the theme “Building Sustainability and Resilience in Tax Administration”, Fiji is hosting the 39th Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) Technical Conference at the Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa, Nadi, Fiji from 12th – 16th November 2018.

Thirty-three (33) Commonwealth Countries comprised of 135 delegates are attending the conference including the CATA President representative Mr Abu Tariq Jamaluddin, outgoing Chairman of CATA representative Mr Dhanraj Ramdin, Vice Chair of CATA Mr. Jon Swerdlow, Executive Director of CATA, Mr.  Duncan Onduru, Minister for Revenue, Samoa Hon. Tialavea John Hunt and Associate Minister for Revenue, Samoa Afioga Lenatai Victor Tamapua.

Speaking at the Conference (Tuesday 13/11), CATA President Representative Mr Abu Tariq Jamaluddin said that “the theme for this year’s conference was chosen in view of the observed growing taxpayers’ appetite for digital services and the emergence of new business models consequent to globalization impacting our tax system”.

CATA Executive Director, Duncan Onduru emphasized that “this annual CATA event has over the years been used as a global pulse to reflect on how members can best respond to emerging challenges in the area of tax. Today, most of the tax administrations have many areas of convergence both in their governance and operational structures, thanks to this event”.

Executive Director CATA emphasized that on the global arena, majority of our member countries are grappling with numerous issues. The major consequent has been the inability of revenue mobilisation to meet the developmental needs putting pressure on tax administrations to plug the huge fiscal deficits. This calls for building sustainability and resilience in tax administration to confront these challenges – hence the theme for this year’s conference”, he added.

Fiji Revenue and Customs Service Chief Executive Officer Mr. Visvanath Das in delivering Fiji’s opening remarks said that “the theme for the conference was befitting for the fast evolving and competitive environment of the 21st century”.                                                                                                       

Mr. Das said “Despite our geographical locations and differences, we all operate in environments that are void of certainty and predictability; where the ever changing role and mandate of Tax administrations creates the need for constant organizational reforms to enable us to respond to new and emerging challenges in a timely manner”.

He highlighted that “One emerging issue which Tax Administrations have traditionally shyed away from is in communications and how we improve and enhance our services to our customers, through use of various mediums to ensure we encourage voluntarily compliance”.

In closing Government’s opening remarks Mr. Das congratulated CATA and its members on its ruby anniversary that commemorates 40 years of global partnership before declaring the 39th CATA Technical conference officially open.

The Conference will have 9 technical sessions and concludes on Friday 16 November 2018.

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