Daily Archives: April 17, 2018

Le Symposium sur la fiscalité africaine de l’IBFD arrive au Kenya

AMSTERDAM, Pays-Bas, 17 avr. 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le 4e Symposium sur la fiscalité africaine de l’IBFD réunit des spécialistes de la fiscalité issus du secteur, des sociétés, des pouvoirs publics, de la société civile et du monde judiciaire afin d’explorer les évolutions majeures de la fiscalité internationale en lien avec l’Afrique. L’édition de cette année du symposium se déroulera du 9 au 11 mai, au Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort à Mombasa, au Kenya.

En trois ans à peine, le Symposium sur la fiscalité africaine de l’IBFD est devenu le grand rendez-vous annuel de la fiscalité en Afrique. Initiative annuelle du groupe de réflexion autonome du Centre for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT) qui fait partie intégrante de l’IBFD, le Symposium sur la fiscalité africaine constitue une plateforme pour mener des discussions sur les évolutions et les questions en matière fiscale au niveau international dans la mesure où elles ont un lien avec l’Afrique.

Parmi les thèmes principaux abordés cette année à l’occasion du symposium figureront l’impact de l’Instrument multilatéral sur les conventions fiscales bilatérales, les enjeux de l’économie numérique dans le contexte de la fiscalité africaine, les enjeux liés aux prix de transfert et à la fiscalité indirecte en Afrique, l’échange d’information dans le monde et la transparence fiscale dans l’ère post-BEPS. Le symposium se déroulera en anglais, avec interprétation simultanée en français.

« De tous les événements à travers le monde qui se concentrent sur les évolutions récentes de la fiscalité internationale, rares sont ceux où ces questions sont abordées sous l’angle du contexte de la fiscalité africaine. C’est précisément ce qui rend cet événement si unique », déclare Belema Obuoforibo, Directeur du Knowledge Centre de l’IBFD. « Le Symposium sur la fiscalité africaine est un des axes de travail important de l’IBFD pour atteindre ses objectifs qui visent la construction d’une expertise en matière fiscale dans la région en discutant d’avis bien documentés et en explorant des solutions pratiques qui fonctionnent dans un contexte africain. Nous avons hâte d’accueillir des professionnels spécialistes de la fiscalité venus de toute l’Afrique et du monde entier ».

L’événement a rapidement affiché complet, un nombre de places limité reste disponible avant la date de clôture du 23 avril. Pour s’inscrire et en savoir plus sur les thèmes abordés, les intervenants et le programme, veuillez consulter le site de l’IBFD.

Avec le soutien de :
AITA (Africa Industry Tax Association)
Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators
West African Tax Administration Forum
International Fiscal Association South Africa

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

À propos de l’IBFD
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 dans ce domaine. En tant que fondation indépendante, l’IBFD s’appuie sur son réseau mondial d’experts en fiscalité et sur son Knowledge Centre pour servir les entreprises classées au 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, ainsi qu’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 l’étude et la fourniture d’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 objectifs visent le but du CSAT d’améliorer la capacité de l’Afrique à collecter les recettes fiscales nécessaires au financement des programmes de développement, à la gestion des services essentiels et à la réalisation d’une croissance économique durable. Ces objectifs viennent à l’appui des Objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies de 2015, en particulier l’Objectif 17 : « Revitaliser les partenariats dans le monde aux fins de la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable ».

IBFD Africa Tax Symposium comes to Kenya

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, April 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The 4th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium draws together tax professionals from industry, practice, government, civil society and the judiciary to explore important developments in international taxation affecting Africa. This year’s symposium will be held from 9-11 May at the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort in Mombasa, Kenya.

In just three years, the IBFD Africa Tax Symposium has become Africa’s key tax event. An annual initiative of the autonomous think tank the IBFD Centre for Studies in African Taxation (CSAT), the Africa Tax Symposium offers a platform for ongoing discussion about international tax developments and issues as they relate to Africa.

The key topics at this year’s symposium will include the impact of the Multilateral Instrument on bilateral tax treaties; the challenges of the digital economy in an African taxation context; transfer pricing and indirect tax challenges in Africa; and global exchange of information and tax transparency in the post-BEPS era. The symposium will be conducted in English, and simultaneous translation into French will be provided.

“Of all of the events around the world focusing on recent developments in international taxation, there are very few that explore these developments within an African taxation context, and that is what makes this event very unique,” states Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the IBFD Knowledge Centre. “The Africa Tax Symposium is one important way IBFD works to realize its goals of building tax expertise in the region by discussing well-researched opinions and exploring practical solutions that work within an African context. We are looking forward to welcoming tax professionals from throughout Africa and around the world.”

The symposium has quickly filled again, with limited places available before the closing date of 23 April. To register and learn more about the topics, speakers and programme, please visit the IBFD website.

Supported by:
AITA (Africa Industry Tax Association)
Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators
West African Tax Administration Forum
International Fiscal Association South Africa

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

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”.

Committee Exploring Criminal Charges

Parliament� The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises that is tasked with the Inquiry into the mismanagement of state funds in state-owned enterprises met on Tuesday to discuss steps to be taken against the witnesses who failed to appear before the committee after summonses had been served.

On 4 April 2018, the Sheriff unsuccessfully attempted to serve the summonses on Mr Ajay Gupta, Mr Atul Gupta, Mr Rajesh Gupta and Mr Duduzane Zuma at their respective last-known places of residence. On 4 April 2018, the Sheriff served the summons on Ms Dudu Myeni at her last known place of residence. Ms Myeni failed to appear before the committee.

The committee resolved to write to the Speaker of the National Assembly to request that legal advice be sought on alternative methods to serve summons on Messrs Gupta and Mr Zuma. The committee will also request that the Speaker consider taking appropriate action against Ms Myeni in terms of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act, 2004.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Justice and Correctional Services Committee Welcomes Investigation into Role of Politicians in Vrede Dairy Farm

Parliament� The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correction welcomes the commitment by the Public Protector (PP) to open a fresh investigation into the involvement of politicians in the Vrede dairy farm in the Free State.

The commitment was made by Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane during a presentation on the annual report and budget to the committee and after questions by the committee Chairperson, Dr Mathole Motshekga, regarding similar concerns raised to the PP during a meeting with the committee last month. Dr Motshekga was concerned that since that meeting in March where he raised this issue, no steps have been taken to start a new. I agree. The file will be opened and the matter will be investigated about the role of the politicians, as well as to the impact on beneficiaries, agreed Adv Mkhwebane.

We welcome this step. No one is above the law. Everyone involved in allegations of mismanagement, maladministration or corruption must be investigated. This money was meant for poor South Africans to lift them out of the levels of poverty they are currently living in, said Dr Motshekga.

The committee further raised concern regarding the capacity in the Office of the PP, as certain communications sent from the committee to her seemed to not have reached her. This speaks to the capacity in your office. You need to appoint people and they must take responsibility. That is also why we are concerned about the absence of the Deputy Public Protector (DPP). The DPP cannot be reduced to providing training, said Dr Motshekga.

The PP once again requested additional funding for the 2019 medium term expenditure framework. The Office of the PP projected a shortfall of R29 million for operational spending in 2018/19 and said this will affect how it runs its operations and it (the Office of the PP) meeting its constitutional mandate. The committee reminded the PP that after her request last year, the National Treasury indicated that all departments, entities and constitutional bodies must re-prioritise their budgets due to the financial constraints of the country. The committee urged that the PP relook at her budget to see which budget items she can compromise.

Adv Mkhwebane told the committee that the inadequate funding of her office has an impact on the delays in finalising matters. Dr Motshekga further cautioned against the numerous matters of litigation by the PP against government and rulings against her. We can’t have a situation where the budget we give you and debate on service delivery goes to litigation. We can’t have a situation where the money is spent by you on court case against Ministers.

Dr Motshekga said the committee wants the institution to function and to function well.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Energy Committee Concerned about Clean Energy Targets

Parliament- The Portfolio Committee on Energy was briefed by the Department of Energy (DoE) on its Annual Performance Plan and Budget Vote for 2018/19.

The committee noted with concern the decrease in budget allocation for clean energy. Briefing the committee, the DoE said 5% had been budgeted for clean energy. Members of the committee questioned how the department will achieve 30% of clean energy in 2025 if there are budget cuts for clean energy.

The committee said it is concerning that the department has a budget reduction of R1.1 billion whilst compensation of employees has increased. Four critical positions of Deputy Directors-General remain vacant.

The committee was of the view that an urgent follow-up meeting needs to be scheduled with the department where the Minister will be present as there are pressing and immediate issues that need to be addressed, such as the status of strategic fuel stock, the restructuring of the CEF (Central Energy Fund), the Integrated Resource Plan and the future of the nuclear new build programme. The committee said the document presented by the department does not address what is currently happening within the department and its state-owned companies.

The Chairperson of the committee, Mr Fikile Majola, said the engagement with the department should be able to assist the committee with the upcoming budget vote especially on issues that the committee has dealt with in the fifth parliament. Members need to walk away knowing what it is that they have achieved in providing oversight to the department and its entities.

“The Minister needs to come and a brief the committee before the budget vote which is scheduled for May. It is the last one for the committee,” said Mr Majola.

In addressing the issue of the nuclear build programme, Mr Majola said: The nuclear build is on the table as per the current annual performance plan but the Minister should be able to provide answers on what is the perspective on the nuclear programme. The Minister should be able to give a clear government position on the matter.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa