Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

Another milestone is reached in supporting African countries’ fight against tax evasion and other illicit financial flows

 

02/07/2021 – Between 22 June and 2 July 2021, 34 participants from 17 African countries took part in the second phase of the Train the Trainer pilot programme, launched in April 2021 by the Global Forum under the umbrella of the Africa Initiative.

Designed to assist participating jurisdictions in providing local training to tax auditors and investigators, the programme aims at raising awareness on cross-border administrative assistance in tax matters, in particular the exchange of information on request, and building administrations’ capacity to use these instruments effectively in their day-to-day work.

The first phase of the programme involved two weeks of training for the future trainers, who then adapted the training materials to the specific context of their country and prepared strategies for sharing the knowledge and skills acquired within their administrations.

Following this intense period of preparation, the second phase of the programme enabled participants to test and enhance their ability to deliver high-quality trainings. The Global Forum Secretariat will closely support the trainers in organising the first local trainings. Participants committed to train more than 500 colleagues collectively by the end of 2021.

The Train the Trainer programme should enable African countries to take greater advantage of the vast potential of information exchange to improve tax compliance and increase tax revenues. Many countries are already on the right track, as highlighted in the recently published Tax Transparency in Africa 2021 report.

The Africa Initiative was created six years ago in the belief that tax transparency and exchange of information are powerful tools to combat tax evasion and illicit financial flows and increase the resources needed to finance Africa's economic development. The development of a sustainable culture of exchange of information within tax administrations across the continent is one of the pillars of the Initiative, which is echoed by the launch of the Train the Trainer programme.

For further information, journalists should contact Zayda Manatta, Head of the Global Forum Secretariat (+33 1 45 24 82 29).

 

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