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FIRS chief Nami wants tax administrators to keep pace with technological advancement

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Tax administrators must keep up with the dynamics occasioned by disruptive new technologies of the 21st century and arm themselves with the necessary skills, capacity, and character for effective and efficient tax administration in the age of the fourth industrial revolution.

This was the position expressed by the President of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) and Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Muhammad Nami, in his charge to the 2022 CATA Senior Leadership Cohort during the closing ceremony of the programme held at His Majesty’s Treasury Headquarters, London, United Kingdom, on Friday.

Nami, in his remarks, highlighted that due to technological advancements in actualising human needs, fulfilling social interactions, and conducting commercial activities, the way and manner of tax administration are constantly changing. He thus called for tax administrators to keep up with the times by improving their skills and competence in line with these changes.

“The global tax arena is continually changing,” he noted. “The growing reliance on technology for much of our basic human needs, social interactions, and business dealings means that the tax system remains in a state of constant flux.

“The taxman is only able to match the depth and pace of the changes if equipped with relevant, adequate, and up-to-date skills.”

The CATA President praised the Commonwealth Association for its investments and contributions through its Senior Leadership Programme, which he noted has helped bridge the capacity gaps of tax officials in member countries.

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“I am glad to note that CATA has, over the years, continued to organise the Senior Leadership Programme in order to meet the capacity development needs of tax officials in Commonwealth countries. It has become a tradition for CATA to provide participants in this program with top-notch tuition using case studies in a fun-filled environment.

“The 2022 edition did not depart from this tradition.” The classes, according to reports, were very interactive all through the various sessions whether at home, in India or in the UK.

“Without doubt, the capacity of participants to lead themselves, to lead others, and to lead their functional units has been greatly enhanced.”

Quoting the renowned African philosophy of Ubuntu, “I am because we are,” Nami urged the twenty (20) participants, drawn from senior tax officials in Commonwealth countries, to put the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the program into good use for the benefit of their countries, while further calling on the cohort to maintain and sustain the network of colleagues they have met during the programme.

The CATA Senior Leadership Programme is a yearly senior-level leadership Programme delivered by His Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on behalf of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators. It pools together senior leaders of tax authorities in Commonwealth countries to equip them with the requisite leadership skills to navigate their organizations in a dynamic and complex landscape. The programme recognises the importance of good leadership for result-driven tax administration in the 21st century.

The 2022 edition combined residencies in India and the UK, accompanied by virtual sessions, and worked within the domestic tax authorities of participants.

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