Dr John Karimu, the commissioner general of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), is a guest speaker at the lunching ceremony of the African Tax Institute (ATI) which is ongoing in South Africa.
The ATI will be devoted to training, research and giving technical assistance in the areas of tax policy and tax administration in Africa.
Since the start of ATI, it has been able to train more than 500 individuals from 20 African countries during its five years of existence.
As the ultimate goal of building independent capacity within Africa, which will enable these countries to address internal, regional and global tax policy and administrative policy, ATI will also organize workshops, seminars and help with tax related researches in Africa and will also make available opportunities for post graduate programmes in taxation.
The South African Tax Institute now ATI, which is attuned with the vision of the Africa Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) using variables of taxation to promote rapid economic development in Africa and self reliance, would now have a pan-African dimension, catering for tax specialists and administrators from all over the continent.
“Dr Karimu’s role as a guest speaker is a recognition not only for himself but for his institution, which has been able to successfully evolve a tax agency in a post-war country like Sierra Leone”, said one economist.