CALL FOR PAPERS: Government fiscal measures during and after an economic crisis: Africa’s response to the impact of COVID-19 Research Webinar Series | 25-26 November 2020
The African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) through the African Tax Research Network (ATRN), in collaboration with the University of Pretoria (UP) and the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) are pleased to invite submissions of academic and policy papers for an Research Webinar Series to be held on the theme: Government Fiscal Measures during and after an Economic Crisis: Africa’s Response to the impact of COVID-19 from 25 to 26 November 2020.
This presents an opportunity for academics, researchers, tax administrators, students, tax practitioners, consultants and decision-makers on fiscal and tax policy in Africa to share and discuss fiscal policy measures to counter effects of crises like COVID-19.
Background to the theme
Natural disasters, pandemics, wars, adverse weather patterns and like catastrophes have a negative impact on society. Governments the world over, react differently in response to these catastrophes. It is inevitable that these catastrophes impact the economy negatively. Globally, governments inter alia turn to Revenue Authorities to provide relief to stimulate or normalise the economy. At the same time, Revenue Authorities are put under pressure to raise more revenue to make good the increased government expenditure as a result of the catastrophe. This brings about a twin-challenge to the Revenue Authorities. Therefore, it is undeniable that, the aftermath of catastrophes has a lasting effect on Revenue Authorities for a period far exceeding the duration of the actual catastrophe.