Seminars

ENHANCED COMPLIANCE OF INDIRECT TAXES AND COORDINATED BORDER MANAGEMENT (Feb 15 – 19, 2016)

The purpose of this seminar is to bring together senior Customs officials from Revenue Administrations in the region for both knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and experiences in the compliance of indirect taxation particularly in relation to working with other Border Control Agencies (BCA) in the inspection of cargo, documents and collection of various taxes, duties, fees, service charges etc.

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Seminaire Regional ( en collaboration avec AFRITAC Sud) sur L’integration des Missions Douanieres et Fiscales en vue de la lutte contre les fraudes (Septembre 28 – Octobre 04)

Besoin de mobiliser davantage de ressources fiscales dans un contexte de stagnation des revenus d’exploitations des ressources naturelles, expansion et innovation croissante du circuit informel, besoin accru d’intégration régionale et accords de démantèlement tarifaire, promotion du consentement volontaire aux droits et taxes et amélioration du climat des affaires, tels sont les défis auxquels doivent faire face, chacune de leur côté, les administrations fiscales et douanières des Etats membres d’AFRITAC Centre.

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DEBT SUSTAINABILITY ANALYSIS (April 18 – 22, 2016)

Low-income countries (LICs) face significant challenges in meeting their development objectives, including efforts to fill the infrastructure gap and undertake needed social spending to address high poverty levels and inequalities, while at the same time ensuring that their external debt remains sustainable.

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PRICE STATISTICS (March 21 – 25, 2016)

The seminar is intended to broaden participants‘ understanding of the theory and practice of compiling consumer prices indices (CPIs). It focuses on the main building blocks of the CPI compilation: sampling and collecting data from retail outlets; handling temporarily and permanently unavailable items; adjusting prices due to quality changes; including new products and outlets; choosing index number formulas at lower and higher levels of aggregation; and chaining and linking indices with updated weighting structures.

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MACROECONOMIC DIAGNOSTICS (January 25 – February 05, 2016)

This course aims to strengthen participants’ ability to assess a country’s macroeconomic situation, emphasizing practical tools for use in day-to-day macroeconomic analysis of developments in complex economies. The course draws heavily on actual country experiences, emphasizing diagnostic and analytic tools that typically are not well covered in macroeconomics textbooks or in university courses.

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RISK-BASED SUPERVISION AND PILLAR II OF BASEL II (Feb 22 – 26, 2016)

While many countries in the southern African region are implementing the Basel II Capital Adequacy Standard, there are policy and strategic demands on a number of countries in the region to also start implementing Basel III, or at least some of its elements. Also, countries in the region are adopting a macro-prudential approach to supervision and putting in place macro-prudential regulations.

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Improving Fiscal Reporting In Developing Countries using International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) – (Nov 30 – Dec 04, 2015)

In recent years, the global financial crisis has highlighted significant gaps and weaknesses in public sector accounting practices and underscored the need for more comprehensive, reliable, and timely financial and fiscal reporting by governments. These concerns were echoed by the G-20 at their meeting in Moscow in February 2013, when they called on the IMF, World Bank, and OECD to work to improve the transparency and comparability of public sector financial reporting.

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Financial Market Analysis ( November 09 – 20, 2015)

This two-week course, presented by the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development, introduces participants to the fundamentals of financial analysis that are part of the toolkit of policymakers. These tools are used to study the characteristics of various financial instruments and their pricing, as well as to analyze portfolios of assets and the basics of risk management.

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HIGH FREQUENCY INDICATORS of ECONOMIC ACTIVITY (December 07 – 11, 2015)

The main seminar’s objective is to broaden participants’ understanding of the compilation, main uses and limitations of high frequency indicators for the compilation, analysis, and forecasting of gross domestic product (GDP) estimates.

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Large Taxpayer Administration – (October 5 – 9, 2015)

The objective of the seminar is to improve the effectiveness of large taxpayer administration. AFS has been at the forefront of promoting segment-based tax administration starting with the establishment of Large Taxpayer Units or Offices (LTUs or LTOs). Four member countries have recently established offices to manage large taxpayers. The rest of the member countries of the AFS region already had large taxpayer offices in place prior to 2012. The seminar will promote the sharing of experiences with large taxpayer administration in the region. International experts will support discussions on emerging trends and practices in the effective administration of large taxpayers.

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