Zambia will host the inaugural African Tax Symposium, held under the theme: Trends in International Taxation: An African Perspective.
According to a release, the two-day event in Livingstone slated forJune 18 and 19, will bring together 130 prominent speakers, includingInternational Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) tax experts on Africa, and eminent tax practitioners and professors from 25 countries in Africa, the United States and Europe.
The release indicates that the initiative to hold the Symposium was led by Belema Obuoforibo, Director of the IBFD Knowledge Centre, and Kennedy Munyandi, IBFD Manager for Africa, Middle East & Latin America.
“We are delighted with the high level of interest our inaugural Africa Tax Symposium has attracted and are looking forward to hosting what we are sure will be a very successful event,” Mr. Munyandi was quoted saying.
The comprehensive programme will cover top trends in international taxation, including base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS), the taxation of natural resources and transfer pricing.
IBFD employs about 70 experts from 30 countries and is a leading provider of cross-border tax expertise, with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Washington and Kuala Lumpur, and serves Fortune 500 companies, governments, international consultancy firms and tax advisors.
“The Symposium will bring together an impressive group of respected tax professionals from all over the continent. Our speakers and participants are drawn from every pertinent sector from private practice and industry, from government agencies and non-governmental organizations, and from civil society. We look forward to two days of stimulating debate and knowledge-sharing,” Mr Obuoforibo said, adding:
“This initiative is a prime example of IBFD’s ongoing contribution in the area of tax and development.”
According to the release issued by Africa Press Organisation (APO) on behalf of IBFD, the Symposium has also received support from the Zambian Ministry of Finance, KPMG Zambia and the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants.
By press time it had not been established whether the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) or other accounting and taxation firms like KPMG Uganda would send representatives.