In May of 2021, Capabuild joined forces with the Botswana Unified Revenue Services to train its entire Large Taxpayer Unit with a week-long ‘Introduction to International Tax’.
With the effects of Covid-19 heavily impacting both the health and economy of sub-Saharan Africa nations, BURS notified the Capabuild team that their training was of additional importance in such difficult times. Economies reliant on an integrated global economy; through the tourism and extractive sectors amongst others, have been especially hard hit, and the impact has been more profound in countries with lower GDPs. With domestic resource mobilisation the basis of healthcare, education and human development, both teams saw the urgent importance of training the BURS Large Taxpayer Unit in ways of both attracting investment and ensuring fair and equitable systems. After a short lead-in time, Capabuild was able to capitalise on its agile nature and create a week-long webinar of high educational and production quality.
BOTSWANA UNIFIED REVENUE SERVICE
The webinar saw our collaboration with CFS in Nairobi strengthened as Bosire Nyamori and Mercy Mbithi gave key presentations and led discussions on the African perspective and issues specific to African nations. Information was brought to participants with guided presentations, ongoing summaries, group work and the constant flow of interactivity which are features of our sessions. Practical presentations on technical matters such as indirect taxes, cross-border trade, Permanent Establishment, capital gains and passive income were mixed with analysis of broader trends in global tax and case studies, giving participants from BURS learning to take back to their roles and work.
Throughout the week, awareness grew amongst BURS staff of their role in establishing forthright and consistent tax laws that will both attract foreign investment and ensure fair revenue collection. With relationships at the core of our seminars, we were able to break down the challenges and opportunities that domestic resource mobilisation faces in Botswana, and collaboratively consider solutions. Although separated geographically, questions, comments and perspectives linked the presenters and participants, and we look forward to an ongoing connection with BURS with the shared motivation of collecting for progress. Please follow our Linkedin page to stay up to date.