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Le symposium fiscal africain de l’IBFD arrive au Ghana

Le troisième symposium fiscal africain de l’IBFD se tiendra du 10 au 12 mai 2017 à Accra, au Ghana. S’appuyant sur le succès des deux derniers symposiums en Zambie et en Ouganda, cet événement de plus en plus populaire arrive en Afrique occidentale pour la première fois cette année.

AMSTERDAM, April 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Malgré ses débuts relatifs, cet événement exceptionnel a créé un précédent de vente rapide. L’intérêt national reste important, mais cette année connaît également une demande accrue émanant des délégués dans les Amériques, en Asie et en Europe. Malgré l’augmentation de la capacité portée à plus de 200 places, l’événement a rapidement affiché complet, des places limitées restant disponibles avant la date de clôture du 21 avril.

Le Symposium sur la fiscalité africaine de l’IBFD est une initiative annuelle du groupe de réflexion autonome, l’IBFD Centre for Studies in African Taxation (Centre d’études en fiscalité africaine de l’IBFD). Cette réunion annuelle de spécialistes crée une plateforme intercontinentale pour la poursuite des discussions sur les développements et les questions en matière fiscale au niveau international en lien avec l’Afrique. Le programme 2017 se concentrera sur l’Afrique et le paysage post‑BEPS. Les principaux sujets, dont les prix de transfert et la mobilisation des ressources intérieures, seront à nouveau traités par d’excellents intervenants pour un public fiscal de talent et d’autorités multidisciplinaires.

Le Symposium de cette année lancera également la première bourse CSAT pour l’Advanced Master’s in International Tax Law (LLM) (Master approfondi en droit fiscal international). Le CSAT offrira cette bourse chaque année à un employé d’une administration fiscale africaine et comprend un stage de six mois par la suite auprès de l’IBFD à son siège à Amsterdam.

Bénéficiant du plein soutien du Ministère des Finances du Ghana, l’IBFD et ses invités seront également honorés par une réception de bienvenue organisée par le Royaume des Pays‑Bas à la résidence de l’Ambassadeur néerlandais à Accra le 9 mai 2017.

« Nous sommes très heureux d’organiser le symposium en Afrique occidentale, et au Ghana en particulier », déclare Belema Obuoforibo, Directrice de l’IBFD Knowledge Centre. « En l’espace de deux ans seulement, le symposium a marqué le paysage fiscal africain. Il est rapidement devenu l’événement fiscal annuel incontournable pour les professionnels de la fiscalité traitant de la fiscalité africaine. Nous attendons avec impatience un autre événement réussi et passionnant. »

En collaboration avec :
Le Royaume des Pays-Bas

Avec le soutien de :
West African Tax Administration Forum
Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators

Coordonnées : Sorrel Hidding, directrice marketing : +31 (0) 61 332 5049 ou s.hidding@ibfd.org.

Informations complémentaires :

À propos de l’IBFD
L’IBFD est un leader mondial en matière d’expertise fiscale internationale, qui apporte depuis longtemps son soutien et sa contribution à la recherche fiscale et aux activités académiques. En tant que fondation indépendante, l’IBFD utilise son réseau mondial d’experts en fiscalité et son Knowledge Centre pour servir les entreprises Fortune 500, les gouvernements, les cabinets de conseil internationaux et les conseillers fiscaux. Basée à Amsterdam, l’IBFD possède des bureaux régionaux à Pékin, Washington et Kuala Lumpur. Le Library and Information Centre de l’IBFD est largement considéré comme l’établissement de recherche le plus important au monde dans le domaine de la fiscalité internationale et comparative.

Reconnue comme le premier portail d’expertise dans le domaine de la fiscalité et de la législation transfrontalières, la puissante Plateforme de recherche fiscale de l’IBFD permet aux professionnels de l’impôt dans le monde d’accéder à un grand nombre de contenus fiables et précieux, permettant un travail plus rapide et plus efficace.

La couverture complète de l’IBFD inclut en outre des cours, des revues et des livres, et un Master’s in International Tax Law (en collaboration avec l’Université d’Amsterdam). L’IBFD offre également des conseils gouvernementaux et des services de recherche pour les clients particuliers.

À propos du CSAT
Le Centre for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT) fait partie intégrante de l’IBFD, une fondation indépendante à but non lucratif. Par conséquent, le CSAT est entièrement autonome. Les objectifs du CSAT sont d’étudier et de fournir des avis bien documentés sur la fiscalité en Afrique, d’encourager la recherche menée par les Africains pour l’Afrique et de trouver des solutions pratiques qui fonctionnent dans un contexte africain.

Les aspirations du CSAT visent à réaliser son but, qui est d’améliorer la capacité de l’Afrique à collecter les recettes fiscales nécessaires pour financer les programmes de développement, de gérer les services essentiels et d’atteindre une croissance économique durable. Ces objectifs viennent appuyer les Objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies 2015, particulièrement l’Objectif 17 : « Revitaliser le partenariat mondial pour le développement durable ».

IBFD Africa Tax Symposium comes to Ghana

The third IBFD Africa Tax Symposium will take place from 10-12 May 2017 in Accra, Ghana. Building on the success of the past two symposia in Zambia and Uganda, this increasingly popular event comes to West Africa for the first time this year.

AMSTERDAM, April 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Despite its relative infancy, this exceptional event has set a precedent of selling out quickly. National interest remains keen, but this year also sees a greater demand from delegates throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Despite increasing the capacity to over 200 places, it has quickly filled again with limited places available before the closing date of 21 April.

The IBFD Africa Tax Symposium is an annual initiative of the autonomous think tank, the IBFD Centre for Studies in African Taxation. This yearly gathering of minds creates an intercontinental platform for ongoing discussion about international tax developments and issues as they relate to Africa. The 2017 programme will focus on Africa and the post-BEPS landscape. Key topics, including transfer pricing and domestic resource mobilization, will again be brought to life by gold-standard speakers for an audience of multidisciplinary tax talent and authority.

This year’s Symposium will also launch the first-ever CSAT scholarship for the Advanced Master’s in International Tax Law (LLM). CSAT will offer this scholarship annually to an employee from an African tax authority and it includes a subsequent 6-month internship with IBFD at its headquarters in Amsterdam.

Enjoying the full support of the Ghanaian Ministry of Finance, IBFD and its guests will also be honoured by a welcome reception hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the residence of the Dutch Ambassador in Accra on 9 May 2017.

“We are very excited to bring the symposium to West Africa, and to Ghana in particular,” states Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the IBFD Knowledge Centre. “Within the space of only two years, the symposium has made its mark on the African tax landscape. It has quickly become the definitive annual tax event for tax professionals dealing with African taxation. We are looking forward to another successful and inspiring event.”

In cooperation with:
The Kingdom of the Netherlands

Supported by:
West African Tax Administration Forum
Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators

Contact information: Sorrel Hidding, Head of Marketing: +31 (0) 61 332 5049 or s.hidding@ibfd.org.

Additional information:

About IBFD
IBFD is a leading international provider of cross-border tax expertise, with a long-standing history of supporting and contributing to tax research and academic activities. As an independent foundation, IBFD utilizes its global network of tax experts and its Knowledge Centre to serve Fortune 500 companies, governments, international consultancy firms and tax advisors. Headquartered in Amsterdam, IBFD has regional offices in Beijing, Washington and Kuala Lumpur. IBFD’s Library and Information Centre is widely regarded as the world’s leading research facility in the field of international and comparative taxation.

Renowned as the leading expertise portal in the field of cross-border taxation and legislation, IBFD’s powerful Tax Research Platform allows tax practitioners around the world to access a wealth of reliable and valuable content, enabling faster and more effective work.

IBFD’s complete coverage further includes courses, journals and books, and a Master’s in International Tax Law (in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam). IBFD also offers government consultancy and individual client research services.

About CSAT
The Centre for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT) is an integral part of IBFD, an independent non-profit foundation. Consequently, CSAT is fully autonomous. CSAT’s objectives are to study and provide well-researched opinions on taxation in Africa, encourage research by Africans for Africa and find practical solutions that work within an African context.

These objectives serve CSAT’s goal to improve Africa’s capacity to collect the tax revenue needed to fund development programmes, run essential services and achieve sustainable economic growth. This goal is in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015, particularly Goal 17: “Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”

Migrants Flee Libya as Weather Warms and Libyan Patrols Loom

ROME � Warm weather and calm seas usually spur smugglers to send migrants across the Mediterranean come spring. But aid groups say another timetable might be behind a weekend spike: the looming start of beefed-up Libyan coast guard patrols designed to prevent migrants from reaching Europe.

Over Easter weekend, rescue ships plucked some 8,360 people from 55 different rubber dinghies and wooden boats off Libya’s coast, Italy’s coast guard said. Thirteen bodies were also recovered.

While such numbers are not unheard-of for this time of year, they come as Italy is preparing to deliver patrol boats to Libya as part of a new European Union-blessed migration deal.

Italy and Libya inked a deal in February calling for Italy to train Libyan coast guard officers and to provide them with a dozen ships to patrol the country’s lawless coasts. EU leaders hailed the accord as a new commitment to save lives and stem the flow of migrants to Europe, where the refugee influx has become a pressing political issue.

Aid groups, however, have criticized it as hypocritical and cruel, arguing that migrants who have already endured grave human rights abuses in Libya will face renewed violence, torture, sexual assault and other injustices if they are returned by the Libyan coast guard. Doctors Without Borders called it “delusional” while even the Vatican’s own Caritas charity said it was worrisome.

International Organization of Migration spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo said improved weather conditions certainly are fueling renewed flows in recent days. But he said smugglers are also telling their customers, “You have to hurry up and leave the country right now because otherwise in a couple of months you will be rescued by the Libyan coast guard and you will be sent back,’ which is the last things that migrants would like to do.”

The United Nations refugee agency also cited the pending arrival of Italian patrol boats as a possible cause for the weekend’s high numbers, although spokeswoman Barbara Molinario said it was too early in the season to identify trends.

“For now it’s premature, even if 8,300 in 55 operations is a high number,” Molinario said.

Overall, Some 35,700 people have been rescued in the central Mediterranean route in 2017, up from 24,974 in 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said. Molinario noted that the numbers are constantly in flux and a week or two of poor weather could alter the year-on comparison. The IOM reports some 900 people are known to have died so far this year.

Some 800 people rescued over the weekend arrived in Sardinia on Tuesday, where officials struggled to find accommodation for them after some 900 were brought to the island by rescue boats last month. They hailed from Syria, Egypt and Libya, as well as more than a dozen other African countries.

The entry into force of the new Libyan patrols could heighten tensions that have already flared between the European Union and humanitarian organizations, which have assumed increasing role in rescuing migrants as their vessels tend to patrol closer to Libya’s territorial waters, and their numbers have skyrocketed in the last two years.

The European border agency Frontex has said these humanitarian aid ships in 2016 were responsible for 40 percent of all rescues, up from 5 percent a year earlier. Frontex has essentially accused them of encouraging smugglers to set migrants off in increasing numbers and on increasingly flimsy vessels, since rescue is so close at hand.

“While there is no question that saving lives is an obligation of whoever operates at sea … it seems the Libyan smugglers are taking full advantage of this fact, and they do so with impunity,” Frontex spokeswoman Izabella Cooper said.

The aid groups have denied being in cahoots with smugglers, but Catania’s chief prosecutor, Carmelo Zuccaro, testified to parliament last month about the phenomenon, in particular the funding behind the aid groups’ operations.

Cooper says there are both “push and pull” factors at play in the Libyan migration saga, with wars, poverty and famine pushing the migrants to Libya and the relative ease with which they then can reach Europe pulling them to make the risky crossing.

But behind it all is money: Europol reported that smugglers made some 5-6 billion euros in 2015, a peak year for arrivals in the EU, making it one of the most profitable activities for organized criminals in Europe. On the Libyan end, an EU military task force reported in December that Libyan coastal communities earned around 270-325 million euros a year from smuggling operations.

Source: Voice of America

Post Office warns of scams

Pretoria – The South African Post Office (Sapo) has warned members of the public to be on alert of a parcel delivery scam designed to defraud them.

According to the Post Office, people are contacted telephonically by persons pretending to be from the customs division of the SA Post Office.

The caller informs them that a parcel is ready for collection � provided they first pay money into an account. According to the caller, the money is for customs duties and courier fees, the Post Office said on Tuesday.

Members of the public are directed to a website that appears similar to the Speed Services website. The phone number, however, is in the United Kingdom with a prefix of +44.

Customers are also given a pin which they have to enter before they can ‘track’ the fictitious parcel.

The Post Office said it does not use pin numbers for its tracking service.

The SA Post Office does not require customers to make any bank deposit before parcels are released. In instances where SARS levy import tax on parcels from abroad, the import tax must paid at the Post Office counter when the item is collected. The customer will receive a receipt for this payment, the Post Office said.

In instances where the Post Office has the cellphone number of the recipient, the customer will receive an SMS requesting him or her to collect the parcel at a specific Post Office branch.

The SMS will not request that funds be deposited into an account.

Members of the public that have information regarding this scam, are requested to call the SA police or the Post Office’s Crime buster Hotline on 0800 020 070.

The SA Post Office has advised the public to ignore communication of this nature.

In one case, a member of the public was requested to pay R1500 in courier charges and R2000 in customs fees.

Source: South African Government News Agency

CAMEROON’S VERA SONGWE APPOINTED EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF UN-ECA

UNITED NATIONS, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appointed Vera Songwe of Cameroon as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA).

A statement on the commission’s website Monday said Songwe is an economist and former bank executive. She is the first woman to be appointed to the position.

Songwe has been working as the International Finance Corporation (IFC) regional director for Africa covering West and Central Africa since 2015. The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group which finances and provides advice for private sector ventures and projects in developing countries.

She is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institute: Global Development and Africa Growth Initiative since 2011.

The ECA said she would be bringing to the position a long-standing track record of policy advice and result-oriented implementation in the region, coupled with a strong strategic vision for the region.

Songwe was previously the Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania at the World Bank (2012-2015). She was also the adviser to the Managing Director of the World Bank for Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South Asia Regions (2008-2011) and Lead Country Sector Co-ordinator (2005-2008).

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK