The West African Union of Tax Insitutes (WAUTI) organised its 3rd International Tax Conference in Accra, Ghana on 26 and 27 February 2014.
The Conference gave the opportunity to gather tax administrators, tax practitioners, taxpayers, academia in taxation, tax policy-makers and other stakeholders to discuss contemporary issues in taxation vis-à-vis the various economies of West African countries.
The President of CFE, Jiri Nekovar, attended this conference as a speaker.
Please find enclosed all presentations, a press release and further documents.
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