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JCAM Justice and Ecology Office to convene International Conference on Taxation of the Extractive Industries in Africa
Jointly with three other organizations, JCAM Justice and Ecology Office will on May 19th and 20th this year host an International Conference on the Taxation of Extractive Industries in Africa. These partner organizations are the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) and the Jesuit Mission Germany, Norwegian Church Aid and Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) East and Southern Africa.
The up coming conference follows a research undertaken between 2013 and 2017 to study link between tax justice and poverty in Africa. The Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection- Zambia, The Jesuit Hakimani Center- Kenya and the Jesuitenmission- Germany conducted it. The results were openly discussed both at a conference in Nairobi held in March 2019 and at a workshop in Brussels with European Union representatives in attendance.
Whereas Africa suffers high levels of poverty, tax collection across the continent is below par and as the research established, there would be no need for foreign aid which the continent currently finds indispensable. In particular, there is a pertinent question as to whether global firms which exploit resources from African states pay commensurate tax returns. While Africa is massively endowed with natural resources for exploitation, it has been widely claimed that the corporations do not give back as much as they should considering what they take.
There is need for constructive stakeholder engagement which is what the Jesuit organizations in this project are pursuing. This conference will be held at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka-Zambia, as part of strategic efforts towards addressing the conundrum Africa finds herself in. Ultimately, the main idea would mutual benefit so that, as the extracting companies make their profit, resource countries also obtain what they equally deserve in terms of revenue. The outcomes of the conference, analytical papers, presentations and rapporteur summary will be hosted on websites https://www.taxjustice-and-poverty.org and http://academicsstand.org/