For the first time since its inception, the United Nations (UN) Tax Committee has a majority of women experts.
The newly appointed members of the Committee include Ghanaian Tax Policy Advisor, Nana Akua Achiaa Amoako Mensah.
She is part of a group of 25 tax experts who have been appointed by United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres from around the world to serve as members of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters for the 2021 to 2025 term.
Nana Akua Mensah, who is a lawyer and a member of the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) Women In Tax Network, works as a Tax Advisor at the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
The new Committee membership brings together tax practitioners with expertise in a wide range of areas, such as double tax treaties, transfer pricing, avoiding and resolving tax disputes, taxation of the extractive industries, taxation of the digital economy, environmental taxation, and value-added taxes.
Nana Akua, whose background is primarily in tax treaties, tax transparency and mutual cooperation in tax matters, hopes to contribute as much as she can in the discussions on the taxation of the digital economy and a global minimum tax. “I look forward to assisting wherever I am needed the most while broadening my skill set by learning from the other experienced members of the committee,” she told ATAF.
Nana Akua Mensah attended Holy Child School in Cape Coast. She later obtained a bachelor of laws (LL.B) degree at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2010 and a Professional Law (B.L) certificate from the Ghana School of Law in 2012.
Though quite young in the legal fraternity, Nana Akua has gathered some industry experience by working with Oxford & Beaumont as well as Zoe, Akyea and Co. Her work at the Access to Justice Project in 2010 saw a number of remand prisoners receive qualified legal representation culminating in the release of wrongfully convicted prisoners.
About the UN Tax Committee
The UN Tax Committee guides countries’ efforts to advance stronger and more forward-looking tax policies adapted to the realities of globalized trade and investment, an increasingly digitalized economy and worsening environmental degradation.
It assists countries in their efforts to prevent double or multiple taxation as well as non-taxation, broaden their tax base, strengthen their tax administrations, and curb international tax evasion and avoidance.
The UN Tax Committee also fosters international cooperation on domestic and international tax matters. It works closely with observers from government, civil society, business and academia, to develop guidance and encourage an inclusive setting of norms and policies.
The first meeting of the new membership of the Committee will take place in October 2021, during which the experts will determine the work plan for their term.
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