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Revenue Statistics in Africa

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The publication Revenue Statistics in Africa is jointly undertaken by the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and the OECD Development Centre, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF). It compiles comparable tax revenue and non-tax revenue statistics for eight countries in Africa: Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritius, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. The model is the OECD Revenue Statistics database which is a fundamental reference, backed by a well-established methodology, for OECD member countries. Extending the OECD methodology to African countries enables comparisons about tax levels and tax structures on a consistent basis, both among African economies and with OECD, Latin  American, Caribbean and Asian economies.

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Special feature

The benefits and limitations of comparing revenue statistics – What does this mean for Africa?

For Africa, as for the rest of the world, taxes are an instrument of social justice and economic prosperity. The 2008 global economic and financial crisis gave new momentum to initiatives and calls for taxation to be more effective, more investmentattractive, more transparent, more progressive, simpler and more stable in order to return to more robust and fairer growth. The stakes are all the greater in the countries of Africa. On one hand, from a budgetary point of view, in a context of strong demographic growth, governments and local authorities are struggling to provide quality public and social services to their citizens. The financing needs for infrastructure that will attract investors and unlock the productive potential of the continent’s economies are colossal. On the other hand, from the institutional point of view, taxation is a fundamental instrument to build and consolidate a modern state. By promoting fair circulation of wealth in a society, it constitutes a democratic lever for good governance and an engine for broader reforms.

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