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Challenges on business and tax policy resulting from COVID-19

As African businesses were preparing to adapt to new tax legislations, impending changes to long established global tax framework,  and the promise of new trade routes, COVID-19 brought new and unexpected shocks forcing businesses across the continent to re-examine their operating models to become more agile and resilient. 

Whilst government response across the continent has varied, what remains clear is that, unlike in developed economies, government fiscal support to businesses has been generally muted due to limited financial resources.  With the full economic brunt of the pandemic yet to be felt, join our panellists as they discuss the impact of fiscal and tax policy responses on business operations, how COVID-19 impacts the G20/OECD international tax project and what new opportunities present for African governments under the new normal.

Please note that the agenda timings displayed are in GMT.

14:00 - 14:10
Larry Eyinla, EY Africa Tax Leader
14:10 - 14:30
Fireside Chat
Kate Barton (EY Global Vice Chair – Tax) & Hon. Seth Terkpeh (Former Minister for Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana)
14:30 - 15:40
Insight Session: Where to from here?
  • Roderick Wolfenden, EY Africa Markets Leader (Moderator)
  • Matthew Gbonjubola, Director, Tax Policy and Advisory - FIRS Nigeria
  • Moses Kajubi, Senior Public Sector Specialist - Domestic Revenue Mobilization, World Bank
  • Hon. Seth Terkpeh, Former Minister for Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana
  • Ana-Celia Mendes, Tax Director, Africa and the Middle East - Unilever
15:40 - 15:45
15:45 - 16:55
Insight Session: Stability or reform?
  • Rendani Neluvhalani, Partner, ITTS Africa - EY (Moderator)
  • Marlies De Ruiter, EY Global International Tax Policy Leader
  • Jeffrey Owens (Prof), Director - Global Tax Policy Center at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, WU
  • Osman Mollagee (Prof), Partner, Business Tax Advisory - EY South Africa
  • Akinbiyi Abudu, Partner, ITTS Africa - EY Nigeria
16:55 - 17:00
Day 1 close