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29 - 31 May 20195th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium

During the last 4 years, our symposium has proudly travelled across Africa and quickly gained momentum as Africa’s key tax event. In 2019, we are delighted to celebrate our fifth anniversary in Stellenbosch, South Africa's world-famous wine region. 
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Stellenbosch - South Africa
5th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium
Against the magnificent backdrop of Stellenbosch Mountain and amongst some of the most famous vineyards in the world, we look forward to covering the most discussed tax issues of today.
A change from our usual beach setting, the Hotel Spier is located in the Western Cape, conveniently situated approximately 50 km from Cape Town (15 minutes from the airport), and is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, steeped in history dating back to 1692. 


The hottest topics in international taxation will be discussed, such as the impact of the Multilateral Instrument on bilateral tax treaties within Africa, challenges of the digital economy in an African taxation context, transfer pricing and indirect tax challenges in Africa, global exchange of information and tax transparency in the post-BEPS era, and much more.
Held over 3 days, the symposium will provide a world-class original programme accompanied by our not-to-be-missed social events. We do expect record numbers, avoid disappointment and please register as soon as possible.
A French translation service will be available during the symposium.
Un service de traduction simultanée sera mis à disposition des participants pendant le symposium. 


Regular Contribution Fee ZAR 9,056.25
Officials from an African tax authority ZAR 6,037.50
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NOTE: If your company is located in South Africa please provide your VAT identification number when registering.


IBFD Masterclass - Managing Risks and Harnessing Opportunities in International Taxation and Transfer Pricing in Africa
27-28 May 2019, Stellenbosch, South Africa​
As a prelude to the 5th IBFD Africa Tax Symposium, we are delighted to once again offer a Masterclass focused on the Africa region.  Read more and register

The 4th Africa Tax Symposium Highlights

Tuesday, 28 May

 Arrival, Registration and Cocktail Reception    
12:00–17:00 Arrival and Registration
19:00–22:00 Cocktail Reception 

Day 1: Wednesday, 29 May

Registration and Opening Ceremony

08:00–08:45 Registration and Accreditation
08:45–09:15 Official Welcome                            
09:15–09:45 Keynote Speech

09:45–10:30 Refreshments and Photo Session

Session 1: Recent Developments in International Taxation

10:30–10:40 Opening Remarks Session Chair
10:40–11:00 The UN Model Tax Convention 2017: An Analysis of the Latest Revisions
11:00–11:20 Implementing the OECD BEPS Project in Africa: Lessons and Experiences
11:20–11:45 Questions and Discussion

Session 2: Africa’s Tax Treaty Network: A Critical Analysis

11:45–11:55 Opening Remarks Session Chair                            
11:55–12:15 Treaties with Investment Hubs: Critical Considerations
12:15–12:30 Africa’s Tax Treaty Network: Middle East Focus                               
12:30–12:45 The MLI Impact: Policy, Legal and Practical Considerations for Africa
12:45–13:00 Questions and Discussion

13:00–14:30 Lunch

Session 3: Current Issues in International Taxation

14:30–14:40 Opening Remarks Session Chair
14:40–15:00 International Tax Structuring and Planning, Post-BEPS: Global Trends
15:00–15:20 International Tax Structuring and Planning, Post-BEPS: The African Perspective      15:20–15:40 Addressing Tax Avoidance through the Courts and Legislation: An Overview of Recent African Experiences
15:40–16:00 Dispute Resolution through the Tax Courts: Lessons from India
16:00–16:30 Questions and Discussion

16:30–17:00 Refreshments

Day 2: Thursday, 30 May

Session 4: Transfer Pricing in Africa

09:00–10:00 Transfer Pricing in Africa: The Post-BEPS Experience (Panel Discussion)
10:00–10:15 Comparability Analysis and the Elusive Search for Comparables: A Case Study
10:15–10:30 Questions and Discussion
10:30–10:45 Book Launch (Roy Rohatgi on International Taxation)

10:45–11:00 Refreshments

Session 5: Host Country Focus: Taxation of the Services Industry in
South Africa – Selected Issues

11:00–11:10 Opening Remarks Session Chair
11:10–11:30 Overview of South Africa’s Tax Policy for the Services Industry: Challenges and Lessons                                            
11:30–11:50 Taxation of Electronic Commerce Transactions
11:50–12:10 Taxation of the Funds Industry in South Africa
12:10–12:30 Taxation of Services and Electronic Commerce Transactions: Perspectives from the Rest of Africa
12:30–13:00 Questions and Discussion                               

13:00–14:30 Lunch

Session 6: Investing in Africa

14:30–14:40 Opening Remarks Session Chair
14:40–15:30 Understanding the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
15:30–16:00 The Winds from the East: A Tax Perspective on China’s Foray into Africa

16:00–16:20 Refreshments

16:20–16:40 Investing in Africa through Mauritius: the Tax Perspective
16:40–17:00 Tax Incentives and Domestic Resource Mobilization: Settling the Misconceptions
17:00–17:20 Questions and Discussion

19:30 Symposium Gala Dinner

Day 3: Friday, 31 May

Session 7: Tax and Technology

09:00–09:10 Opening Remarks Session Chair
09:10–09:30 Taxing the Digital Economy: Overview of Current Global State of Play
09:30–09:50 Taxing the Digital Economy: Lessons from India
09:50–10:10 Africa and the Digital Economy: Critical Points for Attention
10:10–10:30 Questions and Discussion

10:30–10:50 Refreshments

Session 8: Tax Administration and Tax Technology

10:50–11:00 Opening Remarks Session Chair
11:00–11:20 Equipping Tax Administrations for the Digital World: Lessons for Africa
11:20–12:00 Panel Discussion

Session 9: African Tax Authorities and their Powers of Enforcement

12:00–12:20 Opening Remarks Session Chair
12:20–12:40 Exchange of Information: the African Perspective
12:40–13:00 Protecting Taxpayer Rights in the Era of Exchange of Information: the African Experience
13:00–13:20 Questions and Discussion
13:20 Closing Ceremony

14:30 Optional Tours

The Africa Tax Symposium is an outstanding platform for your business to grow its market understanding and brand presence in Africa.


Gold Sponsor
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The symposium takes place at the Hotel Spier, Stellenbosch,South Africa. Confirmed symposium delegates are entitled to special conference rates, subject to availability. Hotel information and rates can be found in the registration form.
Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, with a recorded history dating back to 1692. Whilst rooted in heritage, there is a vibrant and conscious energy, and it is also home to one of the largest collections of contemporary South African art. The hotel features breathtaking views of the majestic Stellenbosch Mountain, rolling vineyards and free-range livestock.