The OECD will host the fourth meeting of its **Forum on Tax Administration (FTA)** in Cape Town on January 10-11, 2008. More than 130 participants are expected from around 40 countries. The meeting will be held at the Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays, chaired by. Pravin Gordhan, the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service.

The FTA meeting will focus on three related issues:

1. New trends in global business and wealth management, and the implications for revenue bodies

2. The conclusions and recommendations of a study on the role of tax intermediaries which was launched at the Seoul meeting in 2006. *(see below)*

3. Exploring ways to assist African Tax Administrations to develop their capacity to raise the funds required to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

The meeting will be opened by Trevor Manuel, South Africa’s Minister of Finance, and Pier Carlo Padoan, Deputy Secretary-General of OECD, at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday 10 January. Only the opening session, from 9.00 to 9.45 a.m., will be open to the media but the OECD expects to report on outcomes at a press conference on Friday 11 January 2008 at 12:30.

The Forum on Tax Administration brings together senior tax administrators to share information and experiences and to develop successful international best practices for resolving particular tax administration issues. According to the OECD, the FTA – working with the prevailing policy frameworks – looks to develop effective responses to important administrative issues in a collaborative fashion and engages in exploratory dialogue on a range of administration issues that may emerge in the medium to long term. The FTA also prepares comparative analysis on aspects of tax administration to assist member and selected non-member countries. Where appropriate the Forum works in collaboration with non-member economies and businesses, seeking to co-ordinate and develop sound tax administration responses to today’s challenges and opportunities.