Semi-Autonomous Revenue Authorities in Sub-Saharan Africa

“This is a tax world“, the weekly podcast to understand the complex world of taxation, the podcast for citizens who want to better understand how taxation structures our lives, but also what taxation looks like around the globe. For this episode we travel south of the Sahara, in Africa,  to discover a very special type of tax administration, the Semi-Autonomous Revenue Authorities (SARAs), welcoming our expert on tax issues in developing countries: Ryad Selmani ! This interview was prepared with the kind participation of Prof. Jean-François Brun from the French CERDI (Center for Studies and Research on International Development).

“Think of taxation as a whole in which all the bricks are important. It is not by changing one brick that you change the façade of the building”

(Prof. Jean-François Brun)


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