The ATI has engaged with the WU Global Tax Policy Center (GTPC) at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business in a research partnership through the launch of the Tax and Good Governance Project 2015-2018. This was made possible by the Siemens Integrity Initiative. Together with WU GTPC, the ATI will play a key role in the fight against tax crimes and illicit activities in Africa.
The project will identify links between corruption, money laundering and tax crimes. The project will promote the concepts of good tax governance and the importance of a corrupt-free and transparent tax system for economic development. The project will also investigate how law enforcement agencies and tax authorities can cooperate to counter corruption and bribery. The objectives of the project include the identification and mobilization of stakeholders; setting out a research agenda; advising on improvements in coordination between stakeholders and building institutional capacity in Africa to address illicit flows of money.
The project has three distinct timelines namely (i) development and research, (ii) implementation and (iii) transition. These will run form 2015 up to 2017. The immediate focus of the ATI is the publication of a research paper in September 2015 and participation at the October 2015 conference set to take place in Vienna.
The team met for the first time in Vienna on 05 June 2015 where the ATI was represented by Bernd Schlenther, a second year PhD student.
Photo from left to right: Alicja Majdanska, Maryte Somare, Bernd Schlenther, Rick McDonell, Jude Amos, Jeffrey Owens, Romina Sol Mattassini de Hill and Jessica di Maria.