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Adedeji: Lifting Nigeria’s Image Internationally

By Arabinrin Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

In today’s economic world, effective tax administration is important for stability and growth. This emphasizes the vital role played by leaders like Zacch Adedeji PhD, Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and President of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA). With a proven track record of excellence and expertise in accounting, finance, and revenue administration, Adedeji leads both FIRS and CATA, guiding them towards improved efficiency, transparency, and collaborative efforts in tax governance.

During the recent CATA Management Committee Meeting in London, Adedeji’s speech carried a strong sense of purpose and urgency. His focus on the importance of boosting capacity within tax administrations of CATA member countries highlights a proactive step toward tackling the evolving challenges in the global tax environment.

In an era where technological advancements and regulations are in constant flux, it’s not just beneficial but essential to empower tax personnel with the skills and knowledge they need. Adedeji’s vision goes beyond mere adaptation; it encompasses transformation, ensuring that tax administrations are well-prepared to excel in an increasingly digital and interconnected world.

Adedeji’s advocacy for the adoption of technology to optimize tax processes reflects a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented by rapid advancements in tax technology and digitization not only in Nigeria but globally. By leveraging technology, tax administrations can streamline operations, enhance compliance, and mitigate risks associated with tax evasion and fraud.

The Tax Boss’s influence extends globally beyond CATA. His involvement in Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) discussions underscores the importance of collaborative efforts in shaping fairer global tax regulations. His diplomatic skills further solidify CATA’s position as a key player in global tax administration.

Zacch A. Adedeji’s leadership at the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) exemplifies a commitment to excellence, innovation, and collaboration. Together with President Tinubu’s “Renewed Hope”, they both share a common vision for uplifting Nigerians and shaping the international tax arena. Through Adedeji’s initiatives to enhance capacity building, integrate technological advancements, and promote global cooperation, they are driving positive change and fostering a more efficient, transparent, and inclusive tax environment worldwide.

CATA is made up of 47 member countries, named, Nigeria, Australia, United Kingdom, India, Trinidad & Tobago, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Cameroon, Cyprus, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St. Kitt & Nevis, St. Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Isle of Man, Eswatini, Fiji Islands, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Uganda, Zambia, Mauritius, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tonga, Tuvalu.

Arabinrin Aderonke ANIPR, is an Award-Winning investigative journalist, 2016 finalist, CNN African Journalist Award. She currently serves as Technical Assistant, Broadcast Media at the Federal Inland Revenue Service_

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