Three Kenyans from the Kenya Revenue Authority are in Berlin as part of the in the first ever German-African Master‘s Degree „Tax Policy and Tax Administration“ -Executive Master’s in Taxation programme offered by the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) in collaboration with the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ).
The first intake of 27 participants includes representatives of Revenue Authorities and Ministries of Finance from 13 different African countries. The program that takes place in partly in Germany and partly in South Africa, takes 15months.
The degree that is a multidisciplinary degree programme whose coursework encompasses concepts and theories in the subject areas of Public Finance, Tax Legislation and Applied Tax Policy, and Tax Administration. The unique 15-month degree programme has a strong African and international focus and is designed for experienced tax officials, policy-makers and tax practitioners who wish to acquire expertise in taxation and obtain an internationally recognised graduate degree in the field.
This interdisciplinary Human Capacity Development programme aims at strengthening the capacities of future decision makers within African Tax Administrations and Ministries of Finance. The first Anglophone cohort of the Master’s Programme has been studying at BSEL since October 2014. From June 2015 they will take further lessons at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.