General Assembly of Regional Tax body underway in St. Kitts and Nevis

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The Twenty-Fourth General Assembly and Technical Conference of the Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA)  is currently underway in St. Kitts and Nevis. COTA is a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Institution.

The General Assembly began on Monday 24 July, under the theme ‘Promoting Voluntary Tax Compliance and Cooperation – A Paradigm Shift in Tax Administration in the Caribbean Community’. The forum, which is hosted by the Inland Revenue Department of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, concludes on 28 July.

The opening ceremony at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort featured remarks by Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Hon. Shawn Richards, Ms. Evelyn Wayne, Director, Economic Policy and Development, CARICOM Secretariat, and Mr. Edward Gift, Comptroller.

A segment of the opening was devoted to the presentation of COTA 2017 Appreciation Awards to Ms. Sabina Walcott-Denny of Barbados; Ms Beverley Williams of St Kitts and Nevis and Mr. Kent Clare of Belize. Ms. Walcott-Denny received an award for her dedication, outstanding service and contribution in the area of tax policy and administration in CARICOM, while Ms. Williams and Mr. Clare were honoured for their dedication, invaluable service and contribution in the area of tax administration.

Winners of the 2017 COTA Essay Competition were also announced at the opening ceremony. The Winners of the Fifth COTA Essay Competition are – Shenika Jarvis,  a 15-year old student of Montserrat Secondary School who won the US$1000 first prize; Monique Lamb, also 15, and a student of St Catherine Academy, Belize who won the second prize worth US$750.00 and Aliah Hazard, 15 of Elerslie Secondary School, Barbados. The winners also received trophies.


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