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More African countries join revenue statistics plan

Nine countries are now part of the initiative to jointly publish annual tax revenue statistics for Africa, a project aimed at improving the transparency, reliability and comparability of revenue statistics between African countries, but also with other regions of the world.

New members – Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Morocco and Rwanda - attended the latest meeting of the group in Morocco last month. Four countries  – Cameroon, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia – launched the programme at the end of last year. 

"The aim of the Revenue Statistics in Africa project is to enhance the comparability, quality and accessibility of data on a voluntary basis, using a time-tested methodology and process," an OECD statement said. "The initiative draws on the OECD publicationRevenue Statistics – an annual report that since 1972 has presented a unique compendium of internationally comparable tax revenue data built upon the success of similar partnerships between the OECD and regional organisations in Latin America / the Caribbean, as well as in Asia / Pacific.

This project is the result of a partnership between the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), the African Union Commission and the African Development Bank, along with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Centre de rencontres et d’études des dirigeants des administrations fiscales (Meeting and Studies Center of Tax Administration Directors – CREDAF).

The OECD said the official launch of the publication’s first edition could take place in early 2016.

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