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Nami holds maiden meeting with Commonwealth Tax Association Secretariat in UK

ByBassey Udo

Nov 27, 2021

PICTURE: FIRS Chairman CATA, President Nami flanked by CATA Vice Chairman, Jon Swerdlow,(left), and Megan Jones of the CATA Secretariat.


Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) President and Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS),Muhammad Nami, on Friday met with the CATA Secretariat in London since his recent election into the office. 

The meeting held at the United Kingdom’s Treasury House afforded the CATA President the opportunity to be briefed on the governance structure of the Association. 

In attendance at the meeting were executives of the CATA Secretariat, including the Association’s Executive Director, Duncan Onduru; Vice Chairman, Jon Swerdlow,and Megan Jones. 

Nami was accompanied to the meeting by Nigeria’s CATA Country Correspondent, Olufemi Olarinde. 

The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the UK Government’s Tax Authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), including the Head of Capacity Building and International Relations, Fiona Hay; Capacity Building Unit,Mahtab Hashim, and Director of Senior Leadership Programme, Jasmine Taylor,

The CATA President and his team were also briefed on the current efforts by the association to serve the common interest of member nations, and future opportunities, especially in capacity building and creating networks for CATA members.

 Nami said his tenure, which spans the next three years, would seek stronger relationships with developmental partners to achieve the short and long term goals and objectives  of the association. 

The CATA President also seized the opportunity of the training organized by the Joint Tax Board of Nigeria in the UK and the CATA inaugural meeting to hold a bilateral meeting with Ms. Antonia Strachey of the Public Finance and Tax Department, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)  on issues of mutual benefit to the revenue authorities of both countries. 

On Friday, October 12, 2021, Nami was unanimously elected by the 47 member countries of CATA at the association’s General Meeting as its 15th President. 

The Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators is an accredited association of the Commonwealth, established in 1978 in London to promote the improvement of tax administration in all its aspects within the Commonwealth with particular emphasis on the developing countries.

PICTURE: FIRS Chairman CATA, President Nami flanked by CATA Vice Chairman, Jon Swerdlow,(left), and Megan Jones of the CATA Secretariat

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