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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”.

Taiwan Works to Keep Tiny Swaziland on Its Side

Taiwan’s new president makes her first trip to Africa this week to visit one of the island’s two remaining allies on the continent. Support for Taiwan has diminished in Africa over the past decade, as billions of dollars in Chinese investment have flowed into the continent.

But the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland says it welcomes Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, as she makes her first visit to the landlocked kingdom that is one of Taiwan’s oldest allies.

Jennifer Neves, Swaziland’s undersecretary for international cooperation in the foreign ministry, spoke to VOA on Tuesday as she headed to the airport to receive Tsai for the four-day visit.

Taiwan, she said, has long funded a range of agricultural, industrial and vocational programs in Swaziland.

“For 50 years, our relationship has been characterized by principled engagement, a deep sense of mutual respect, fraternity and loyalty,” Neves said. “And these are all attributes that successive heads of state of our kingdom value in our cosmetic and popular global politics.”

Pressure to abandon Taiwan

China claims Taiwan as its own and has, in recent years, ramped up pressure on African nations to drop their ties with Taiwan, as Taiwan has moved toward seeking formal independence from China.

Swaziland, which has some 1.3 million people and is surrounded on all sides by South Africa or Mozambique, is Africa’s only absolute monarchy. The nation is technically a democracy, but political parties are banned and King Mswati III is the top executive who rules for life.

Cobus van Staden, a senior researcher on China-Africa issues at the South African Institute of International Affairs, says China has, in recent years, pressured some half-dozen African nations to drop Taiwan. Most recently, Sao Tome and Principe cut ties in 2016.

As the only two holdouts in Africa, he says, Swaziland and Burkina Faso face immense pressure as well.

“Swaziland is small, but at the same time, China has worked hard to set up relationships with other small and also very poor countries,” he told VOA. “So, for example, Sao Tome and Principe are also very small and economically also very weak, but China put in a lot of work to make friends with them. So I think, you know, there’s a whole lot of political symbolism involved.”

Political symbolism

Taiwan, too, he says, needs every relationship it can get.

“From Taiwan’s side, I think, a lot of it has to do with symbolism, especially for someone like Tsai Ing-wen, whose party is a pro-independence party, there is a lot of political symbolism riding on this idea that Taiwan isn’t just ignored and isolated in the world, that it functions as an actual country,” he said. “And for that, having diplomatic relationships is crucial.”

Source: Voice of America

Thousands Flee as Inter-Communal Violence Heats Up in Mali

A spike in inter-communal violence in central Mali has sent about 3,000 people fleeing to Burkina Faso over the past few weeks, the U.N. refugee agency reports.

Since February, dozens of people have been killed and homes and other property destroyed as clashes between the Dogon and Peul communities have increased, according to the U.N. agency.

“The new arrivals in Burkina Faso include 2,000 Malian citizens, as well as 1,000 Burkinabe who had been living in Mali for many years,” said UNHCR spokesman William Spindler. “With many afraid to travel by road, for fear of kidnappings and murder, they arrived via unofficial border crossings, on foot or in light vehicles. The new displacement adds to the challenges faced by people of the region.”

Before this latest influx, Burkina Faso had been hosting some 24,000 Malian refugees since the start of Mali’s conflict in 2012. The new arrivals are adding to the humanitarian needs of Burkina Faso, and to the strain of aid agencies trying to meet them.

Spindler says food is in short supply and health facilities are overstretched. He says most of the new arrivals are living with friends or relatives in hard-to-reach areas.

UNHCR is urging those new arrivals to move to a refugee camp farther from the border, where they could be registered. Spindler says the refugees would then have access to basic social services, and be better protected from rising banditry and violence in areas hosting Malian refugees.

Source: Voice of America