This is a network of members of Parliament from across the continent who have expressed a desire and commitment to spearhead the fight against illicit financial flows in Africa. Currently the Network boasts a membership of 64 MPs (16 women and 48 men) drawn from across the continent. Find your MP!
2017 has brought forth an opportunity for APNIFFT to engage with other members of Parliament from the continent in discussing issues around illicit financial flows and other taxation matters. This is in recognition of the role that Members of Parliament play in holding the Executive accountable. They are also responsible for ensuring that the legislative framework supports equitable, accountable and transparent tax systems. Weak and or outdated laws and regulations many countries tax bases are being eroded through harmful tax incentives and tax treaties. However this can be remedied if the legislators themselves have the capacity and knowledge to make substantive laws.
The 2017 discussions will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 9 and 10 October and will be convened by TJNA in collaboration with the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the African Tax Administrators Forum (ATAF), the Pan African Lawyers’ Union (PALU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
The main aim of APNIFFT is to provide a platform for African legislators to undertake sustained advocacy- related dialogue and debate in a simplified manner on Illicit Financial Flows, tax governance and domestic resource mobilisation on the African continent which is informed by research and is inclusive of a wide variety of voices, with links to national and regional processes.
The objectives of APNIFFT include:
•To support interaction and exchange among, African MPs on the subject of IFF, taxation and domestic resource mobilisation.
•To break down the issues of IFFs and taxation governance as a body of knowledge, into simple concepts, among MPs so as to allow effective and constructive debates in African parliaments.
•To increase the quality and frequency of media reporting on IFFs, tax and DRM issues involving African MPs.
•To provide spaces and avenue for research support and information exchange between CSOs and African MPs.
APNIFFT’ s main areas of work are focused on three main areas- accountability, awareness raising and constituency- mobilisation and advocacy around Illicit Financial Flows, taxation and domestic resource mobilisation.