James Karanja, a student of Strathmore Business School’s Master in Public Policy Management was appointed to head the recently established Tax Inspectors without Borders (TIWB) Secretariat in Paris, France. Until the appointment, Mr. Karanja was the Head of International Tax Office at Kenya Revenue Authority.
The TIWB Secretariat, supported by an oversight board of stakeholders, will operate as a clearing house to match the demand for auditing assistance with appropriate expertise. The Secretariat, composed of OECD and UNDP staff and based at the OECD in Paris, will also facilitate full-time or periodic deployment of experts. Mr. Karanja expressed his delight at the appointment noting that it is a strategic opportunity to channel resources towards helping strengthen audit and inspection capacities of developing countries tax administrations. He attributed the MPPM program’s emphasis on research as key in his decision making process especially in policy formation.
Mr. Karanja joined KRA in the Graduate Trainee Program in 2003 and has served in various capacities including as a Transfer Pricing Tax Analyst, Policy Adviser in the KRA Domestic Tax Department Policy Unit, Prosecutor and Project Manager handling KRA reform projects all of which will enable him serve with distinction in his upcoming assignment at the OECD. He has also been instrumental in leading Kenya’s compliance with the international standards with exchange of information and signing of the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. He has also served with distinction as Chair of the Africa Tax Administration Technical Committee responsible for the Africa global tax agenda and the BEPS project on behalf of Kenya and Africa Tax Administration Forum within the OECD G20 BEPS project.
TIWB is a global scope initiative that was established to help developing countries bolster domestic revenues by strengthening their tax audit capacities through ‘learning by doing’ targeted tax audit assistance.
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The Master in Public Policy and Management program (MPPM) is designed to develop the general management skills of results-oriented professionals in the public sector and non-governmental organisations with reasonable career experience.
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