FIRS President inaugurated as 15th CATA President in London

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Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) executive chairman Muhammad Nami was invested as the 15th chairman of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administration (CATA) this weekend in London, UK.

Nami was in the UK Treasury Chamber for the first time since the October 2021 election.

The meeting brought together executives from the ACTA Secretariat, including Mr. Duncan Onduru, Executive Director of the Association, Mr. Jon Swerdlow, the Vice-President, and Ms. Megan Jones.

From Nigeria, Muhammad Nami was accompanied at the meeting by Mr. Olufemi Olarinde, CATA National Correspondent for Nigeria, Mr. Johannes Wojuola, Special Assistant to the Executive Chairman on Media and Communication, and Mr. Jibrin Salihu, Personal Assistant to the executive chairman.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the UK government tax administration, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), including Ms. Fiona Hay, Capacity Building and International Relations Officer, Mr. Mahtab Hashim, Building Unit of Capabilities, and Ms. Jasmine Taylor, Senior Leadership Program Director.

Nami and her team were briefed on the governance structure of CATA, the association’s current efforts to serve the common interest of member countries and future opportunities, especially in capacity building and networking for members of CATA.

According to a statement by Johannes Wojoula, the CATA in its comments said its tenure was for three years.

He therefore sought stronger relationships with development partners to achieve the association’s short and long term goals and objectives.

Nami also took advantage of the training organized by the Joint Tax Board of Nigeria in the UK and the inaugural meeting of the CATA to hold a bilateral meeting with Ms Antonia Strachey from the Public Finance and Tax Department, UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office. (FCDO) on matters of mutual interest to the tax authorities of the two countries.

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

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