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MRA: Professionals from Africa complete Executive Master’s in Taxation

Date: December 14, 2017
Domain:Economy & Finance; Education & Training
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government

GIS – 14 December, 2017: A second cohort of 15 taxation professionals from French-speaking African countries have completed an Executive Master’s in Taxation (EMT).  The closing ceremony to the course was held yesterday at the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA), Custom House, in Mer Rouge.
The training course aimed at equipping participants with essential techniques to better respond to the needs of the rapidly-changing environment of revenue administrations in Africa.  Participants were from: Cameroon, Mauritania, Niger, Benin, Togo, Tchad and Mauritius.
On this occasion, the Director General of the MRA, Mr Sudhamo Lal, highlighted that the MRA has been working closely with various regional and international organisations to capitalise on capacity-building programmes to enhance the potential of the human capital so as to meet changing challenges in the field of taxation.  This is the reason why the EMT course has been designed to meet Africa’s needs for efficient tax systems as well as for African Tax Administrations to have the required qualified personnel, he said.
The EMT, Mr Lal emphasised, is an innovative and advanced course which aims at preparing auditors to hold leadership positions in the domains of tax administration and public finance.  The programme has enabled participants to undergo on-the-job training in various tax departments of the MRA and has also helped them improve their skills in the English language, he added.
For his part, the Executive Secretary of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), Mr Logan Wort, highlighted that this long-term training capacity-building programme has provided participants with the technical expertise and know-how to broaden their skills in the field of taxation.  He urged the professionals, as future tax leaders, to be the drivers of change for a prosperous Africa.
EMT course
The EMT course is a fifteen-month course which is offered in collaboration with the Ecole Nationale d’Administration of Senegal, the Université Alioune Diop de Bambey, the ATAF and the MRA.
It is held six months in Senegal followed by three months in Mauritius. For the final six months, participants have to finalise their projects/theses in their respective home countries. 
Topics covered relate to the core technical field of taxation, namely: Good Governance; Integrity and Ethics; Communication skills; Performance Management; Strategic Management.
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