Nigeria was, yesterday evening, elected President of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), defeating Togo by 13 votes to four in the Forum's elections held in Pretoria, South Africa. Nigeria's representative in ATAF is Babatunde Fowler, Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS). Launched in November 2009 in Kampala, Uganda, ATAF‘s mission is to provide a platform to improve the capacity, capability and performance of tax administrations in Africa.
ATAF has, in the five years, made tremendous progress. Mauritius was voted Vice President. Also elected into the 10-country council were South Africa, Ghana, Burundi, Uganda and Liberia.
The 36 member-forum is made up of tax collecting agencies across Africa.
In his acceptance speech on behalf of Nigeria, Fowler pledged to to expand the membership of the Forum for the continent's development.
"Our goal shall be to aid the generation of revenue efficiently and sufficiently for the growth of all members," Fowler said.