Progress of the Addis Tax Initiative presented at the WATAF General Assembly

The West African Tax Administration Forum (WATAF) held its 15th General Assembly in Banjul, the Gambia, from 18 – 19 September 2019. Delegates mainly from Ministries of Finance and tax administration of 15 ECOWAS member countries, development partners, civil society organisations, regional parliamentarians, academia and tax practitioners participated in the High Level Policy Dialogue on Domestic Revenue Mobilisation (DRM). The convening was intended to jointly develop a DRM strategy framework for West African countries, while drawing attention to the African Union agenda 2063 and the United Nations agenda 2030. For further information, please find the outcome statement of the conference here.

The ITC Secretariat was invited to present updates on the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI) to WATAF members. The discussions focused on the progress highlighted in the 2017 ATI Monitoring Report, the findings of the ATI Study on Donor Coordination and the process for the Addis Tax Initiative beyond 2020. Participants valued the soon to be launched ATI matchmaking mechanism as a potential catalyst for more effective development partner support in domestic revenue mobilisation.

WATAF addresses the need for West African tax administrators to cooperate and actively promote improvement in tax administration through better service delivery, taxpayer education, effective use of automated systems, countering tax evasion and aggressive tax planning, and strengthening audit and human resource management capabilities in their respective administrations. WATAF was established to contribute to the efficacy of tax administrations and improved public service delivery in support of the West African countries’ development.

WATAF has been cooperating with, contributing to, and advocating for the Addis Tax Initiative as an ATI supporting organisation since its inception.