The Presidents of the Asia-Oceania Tax Consultants' Association (AOTCA), Confédération Fiscale Européenne (CFE), and the West African Union of Tax lnstitutes (WAUTI) have declared their joint commitment to the establishment of a Global Tax Advisers Co-operation Forum.
In a Declaration, dubbed the St. Petersburg Declaration, the three presidents agreed to work together to deepen the existing levels of co-operation for the better structuring and operation of the world's tax systems, securing and maintaining the rights of taxpayers and ensuring the continuing role and rights of tax advisers throughout the world.
According to the Declaration, the three presidents are to report back to their respective tax organisations as to how to achieve their objectives.
The Declaration said the decision was taken by the three presidents in view of the role being played by tax advisers' profession in the development of tax policies and the promotion and enhancement of taxpayer rights and their responsibilities under taxation law, the joint efforts of AOTCA, CFE and The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) in the development of the Charter of Taxpayers' Rights and the increasing globalisation of tax policy and administration.
According to a statement signed by the three presidents, representatives of the Japan Federation of Certified Public Tax Accountants' Associations, Korean Association of Certified Public Tax Accountants and the CFE member bodies witnessed the signing of the Declaration on September 20, 2013 at a meeting on the sidelines of an international tax conference in St Petersburg, Russia.
The statement said Jiri Nekovar signed the Declaration for the CFE, while Thomas Lee signed for AOTCA and Mike Kofi Afflu of Ghana signed for WAUTI.
In attendance at the conference, the statement said, were representations from the sixteen member-states, twenty-two member states and twenty-five member-states of WAUTI, AOTCA and CFE, respectively.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)