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Overview of the ETRN First Year Activities

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Presentation by Girma Gebretsadik at the second annual meeting of the Ethiopian Tax Research Network, which took place in Addis Ababa on 8th October 2018.

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Overview of the ETRN First Year Activities

  1. 1. Second Meeting of the ETRN Overview of the ETRN First Year’s Activities Girma G/Tsadik, ETRN Executive Secretary 8th October 2018, Capital Hotel, Addis Ababa 1
  2. 2. 1. ETRN in Brief  Initiative of the ICTD  Funded by Gates Foundation  Launched on 20 September 2017  Goal: support the generation and exchange of tax knowledge in Ethiopia  Stakeholders: tax practitioners and researchers from Ethiopian and International organizations  Membership is informal (no formal registration procedure) 2
  3. 3. 2. ETRN Activities  Governance structure in place (Management Committee)  MC : consultative body (ensures the independence, relevance and quality of work by the ETRN.)  MC members:  Representatives of: MoFEC, ERCA, AAU, ECSU, and EDRI. Chairperson nominated by the MC  Research Director of the ETRN (Research Director at the ICTD)  Executive Secretary nominated by the MC  ToR for the MC endorsed by the MC  Three MC meetings conducted. 3
  4. 4. 2. ETRN Activities…Cont’d  Research Support  Call for proposals in October 2017  Research Guideline of the ICTD submitted to researchers  Proposal selection criteria (policy relevance, academic quality, feasibility, and value for money) prepared and approved.  34 proposals received and screened  6 revised proposals approved  Contract signed with researchers  Some draft research reports under review. 4
  5. 5. ETRN Activities…Cont’d  Research projects conducted: S.N. Research Topic Researcher (s) 1 Turnover Based Presumptive Taxation and Taxpayers Perception in Ethiopia Ato Abis Getachew, EDRI 2 An Assessment of ERCA’s Taxpayer Education Programs and How They Can be Improved Dr. Azime A. Hassen, ECSU 3 Where the Gap Lay: Presumptive Income Tax Assessment for Micro and Small Enterprises, a Case Study of the Addis Ababa City Administration Ato Amanuel Mekonnen and Ato Endalkachew Mulugeta, AAU 4 Ethiopia’s Double Taxation Avoidance Treaties: A Quest for Policy Guide Ato Tesfay Assefa, MU 5 Perceptions of Value Added Tax Compliance in Ethiopia: Filing and Invoicing Ato Gebregziabher G. Tsadik, Ato Assefa Gezae, Ato Worku Tamire, ERCA 6 Practices, Challenges and Prospects of Public Sector Taxation in Ethiopia Ato Sebsbie Fekade and W/ Asnakech Lake, ERCA, and Mr. Ronald Waisa, URA 5
  6. 6. ETRN Activities…Cont’d  Capacity Building  MC members with academic/research background assigned as mentors.  Research Methods and Dissemination workshop 24th-27th July 2018 in Addis Ababa. ETRN researchers participated in the workshop.  Outreach and Dissemination  Dedicated New ETRN webpage developed on the website of the ICTD (http://www.ictd.ac/network/etrn/)  Regular News letter to members  Any one who is not on ETRN’s mailing list could get on there through ETRN’s webpage or by e-mailing ETRN’s e-mail address: etrn@ictd.ac  ETRN Electronic Library  Page for ETRN electronic library is set up. The database is up and running. It could be accessed using www.eldis.org/etrn. There is a link on the webpage of the ETRN.  The Library collects over 50 policy and research papers on taxation in Ethiopia. 6
  7. 7. ETRN Activities…Cont’d  Two Seminars Conducted:  First seminar held at the EDRI on 13 April 2018. EDRI staff member spoke on “Tax Evasion in International Trade: Evidence from Missing Imports in Ethiopia.”  Second Seminar held at the ECSU on 18 July 2018. The theme of the seminar is tax compliance. Two staff members made presentation on:  “Towards Integrating Antecedents of Voluntary Tax Compliance”  “Tax Compliance Attitudes of Rural Farmers in Ethiopia” 7
  8. 8. First ETRN Seminar @ EDRI 8
  9. 9. Second ETRN Seminar @ ECSU 9
  10. 10. ETRN Activities…Cont’d  Collaboration Among Countries  One research project executed with collaboration of ERCA and URA researchers (experience sharing and comparative research)  Speakers from URA and RRA invited to make keynote speech at the second ETRN conference. 10
  11. 11. 3. The Way Forward  Publication of ETRN papers  Peer-reviewed and edited papers will be published on the Website of the ICTD and will be disseminated to the ICTD’s and ETRN’s networks.  Strengthening of capacity building and outreach activities  Holding seminars in different institution on regular and rotating basis  Facilitate specific capacity building activities  Continued support for policy relevant research projects by young Ethiopian researchers.  New call for proposals expected. 11
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