The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner-General, Githii Mburu, has been elected as a Member of the Governing Council of the Africa Tax Administration Forum (ATAF).
Mr. Mburu who represented Kenya at the ATAF was elected by 13 member states, accounting for the highest number of votes cast during the electoral session at the ATAF General Assembly meeting.
Other Countries elected to the council include; Togo (Chair), South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia.
The Governing Council membership mandate will run for two years. Previous council members included Nigeria, Mauritius, Swaziland, Uganda, South Africa, and Angola.
ATAF is an international organization that provides a platform for African tax administrations to work together.
Mburu’s election reiterates KRA’s global reputation and endorsement in tax administration matters.
The Governing Council is the organ responsible for guiding ATAF in achieving its vision, mission, and objectives for African tax administrations.
This means that the Commissioner-General will now be part of the executive arm that guides the formulation and implementation of key tax programs on behalf of ATAF members.
KRA joined ATAF in October 2009 and currently holds membership in all the Governing Committees namely VAT Technical Committee (Chairing), Exchange of Information Technical Committee, Cross Border Taxation (CBT) Technical Committee, and Informal Sector Taxation Technical Committee.
KRA also has deeper cooperation with ATAF through the provision of specialized capacity building programs in taxation at the Authority’s Kenya School of Revenue Administration (KESRA).
Though ATAF KRA is also able to second its technical staff to support other African tax agencies on a variety of technical matters. ATAF hosts special international events and support KRA with tax research and publications.