11-14 November 2019, Penang, Malaysia
"Addressing the Shadow Economy and Digitalisation in Securing Revenue for Sustainable Development"

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Chief Executive Officer
Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia

Welcome Remarks

Dear Delegates,

It is an honour and pleasure to invite you to the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) 40th Annual Technical Conference in Malaysia this year. The 4-day Conference, organised by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM), will begin on Monday, 11 November 2019 and end on Thursday, 14 November 2019 with pre-conference activities beginning on Sunday, 10 November 2019.

Participants will be offered a glimpse into Malaysia’s rich and diverse cultural heritage in Penang, also known as the Pearl of the Orient. Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site will serve as the backdrop for learning and exchanging of ideas. Set in this melting pot of culture and customs, we welcome you to immerse in this unique experience.

With the theme “Addressing the Shadow Economy and Digitalisation in Securing Revenue for Sustainable Development”, the Conference will provide a platform for tax administrators to forge new ties and strengthen existing relationships through collaborations, discussions as well as exchange of information and research findings.

The 40th Annual Technical Conference will discuss 2 relevant and interesting topics of current major interest and importance, which are:

1. The Shadow Economy – Issues & Challenges
A topic that discusses an important component of the tax gap and the way forward for tax administrators in protecting the tax revenue of the country.

2. Digitalisation in Taxation
A topic that addresses the wide implications on taxation; challenges and opportunities in a technologically advancing world.

Plans for the 40th Annual Technical Conference are now underway. We encourage you to visit this website for all the latest updates and information regarding the Conference.

We welcome all participants and look forward to seeing you in Penang this November!


Here are some of our speakers/moderator/panellist

Speaker 1

Mr Geoff Trueman

Assistant Commissioner, Legislative Policy and Regulatory Affairs Branch, Canada Revenue Agency

Speaker 1

Datuk Noor Azian Abdul Hamid

Deputy CEO (Policy), Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia

Speaker 6

Mr Christopher Sanger

Global Government and Risk Tax Leader; Tax Policy Leader: EMEIA Tax Centre,UK and Ireland Ernst & Young

Speaker 1

Mr Wang Lujin

Deputy Commissioner of State Taxation Administration of P.R.C.

Speaker 1

Ms Charity Mosweu

Director, Information Technology Botswana Unified Revenue Service

Speaker 4

Mr Andrew Auerbach

Senior Tax Adviser, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration OECD Jakarta Office

Speaker 1

Ms Yong Sing Yuan

Tax Director, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

Speaker 3

Datuk Mohd Nizom Sairi

Deputy CEO (Tax Operations), Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia

Speaker 1

Prof. Dr Jeffrey Owens

Director of the WU Global Tax Policy Center Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, Vienna

Speaker 1

Ms Leli Listianawati

Deputy Director of Tax Treaty and International Tax Co-operation

Speaker 6

Ms Roza Mbilizi

Deputy Commissioner General, Malawi Revenue Authority

Speaker 2

Dr Victor van Kommer

Tax Services Director, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation [IBFD]

Speaker 1

Ms Champawatee Gunnoo

Director, Medium & Small Taxpayer Mauritius Revenue Authority

Speaker 6

Mr Andrew Evans

CATA Senior Leadership Programme Director, HM Revenue and Customs

Speaker 6

Mr Andrew Minto

IMF Lead Resident Revenue Administration Advisor,International Monetary Fund

Speaker 1

Mr Mohd Shahfizan Md Salleh

Director Special Operation Department,

Inland Revenue Board Malaysia

Speaker 1

Mr Cyriacus Chijioke Ekechi

Coordinating Director Federal Inland Revenue Service Nigeria

Speaker 1

Mr Jon Swerdlow

Transparency Lead –Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Capacity Building Unit Vice Chair –CATA Management Committee

Speaker 5

Dr. Veerinderjeet Singh

Non-Executive Chairman, Axcelasia Inc, Singapore

Speaker 6

Jude Devapriya

Commissioner Inland Revenue Service Sri Lanka

Speaker 6

Mr Visvanath Das

Chairman CATA

Speaker 6

Ms Elizabeth Meyo

Commissioner of Domestic Taxes, Kenya Revenue Authority


For further enquiries, please contact us at cata40@hasil.gov.my

  • 1. Visa requirements

    Participants from countries that require visas for entry into Malaysia, should inquire at the nearest Malaysian Diplomatic Mission for the latest entry procedures and requirements. Further information on the matter can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs official Website:https://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/visa/visa-requirement-by-country.html

    2. Health requirements

    A Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all participants coming from or going to/through Yellow fever endemic countries (As stated in International Health Regulations 2005 and Prevention And Control of Infectious Disease Act 1988). Participants without a valid and original Yellow fever vaccination certificate shall be quarantined upon arrival in Malaysia for a period not exceeding 6 days. Further information with regard to any disease outbreaks in a country overseas and the relevant inoculation guidelines can be found at: http://www.moh.gov.my/moh/resources/Info%20kesihatan/Yellow%20Fever/Yellow_Fever_Travel_Advisory_and_Approved_Vaccination_Centres_in_Malaysia_until_May_2019.pdf

    3. Customs Clearance

    Under the provision of the Customs Act 1967, travellers entering Malaysia are required to declare all dutiable or prohibited goods in their possession (This includes firearms and any form of medication). Failure to declare dutiable or prohibited goods or making false declaration is an offence. For more information please visit: http://www.customs.gov.my/en/tp/Pages/tp_tgl.aspx
  • Participants may choose to travel either by air, rail, sea, or land to get to Penang.

    1. By Air

    The Penang International Airport (PEN) is located on Penang Island and receives direct flights from major capitals in the region. Numerous domestic flights are available from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 1 or KLIA 2) to Penang and takes 50 minutes. Participants arriving at KLIA 1 or KLIA 2 may have to go through immigration and customs clearance before continuing their journey to Penang. Please note that KLIA 1 and KLIA 2 are located in separate buildings 9 km apart by road and participants are advised to allocate sufficient time for transit. A free 24-hour shuttle service between the two airports runs every 10 minutes. For more information, please visit: https://airports.malaysiaairports.com.my/transit/inter-terminal-transfer

    2. By Rail

    The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth takes approximately six hours and KTMB, the national train company, serves a daily route. All trains disembark from KL Sentral Station which is a 30 minutes train ride from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). From Butterworth Station, it is a short ferry ride to Penang Island.

    3. By Ferry

    The ferry terminal is located next to the Butterworth train station. The ferry ride to the island takes 20 minutes and alights at the Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal. Fees are imposed only on ferry rides to Penang Island and the trip from Penang Island to the mainland is free of charge.

    4. By Coach

    Coaches depart at the 2 terminals in Kuala Lumpur; Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) or KL Sentral Bus Terminal, to Sungai Nibong; the central bus terminal in Penang Island. The trip by coach usually takes around 5.5 hours. Alternatively, coaches are also available to the Butterworth bus terminal and participants may then take a ferry across to Penang Island.

    5. By Car

    The North-South Highway connects Penang to major cities on the West side of Peninsular Malaysia. Travel by highway can take anywhere from 4 to 5 hours with toll charges in between. Once you reach Butterworth, you may take either the Penang Bridge or the ferry to cross over to the island, which still operates from Butterworth to Weld Quay and will transport your vehicle at a small charge. Return trips from Penang via the bridge is free of charge.

  • The Conference venue is at:
    The Wembley – A St. Giles Hotel,
    183, Jalan Magazine,
    George Town 10300,
    Penang, Malaysia.

    Transfers will be provided from the Penang International Airport to the conference venue on 10th November 2019 and vice versa on 15th November 2019 only. On other dates, the hotel can be reached by taxi or by the ride-hailing service, Grab. The journey from Penang International Airport to the hotel will take approximately 30 minutes, subject to traffic conditions. From the jetty terminal, it is a short 5 minutes’- drive to the hotel.

  • 1. How to register?

    Registration to the conference is through invitation only and all participants are to be registered online. Online registration will open from 30th August 2019 to 25th October 2019.

    2. Forgotten password

    If you have forgotten your password, click the “Forgot password?” link and resubmit your email address. A new password will be sent to you via email. Please note that only email addresses registered with the secretariat will be able to reset their password.

  • All Conference sessions will be conducted in English. In support of the ‘Go Green’ concept, the conference materials will not be printed but will be uploaded in the conference website. Participants will need to login in order to access the conference materials. Participants are encouraged to bring their mobile electronic devices (laptops, tablets, PDA etc.) for use during the conference.

  • 1. Conference and Official State Dinner

    Participants must be in lounge suit or office attire during the Conference and Official State Dinner.

    2. Mocktail (i.e. a mock cocktail) reception

    Smart casual is allowed while attending the Mock tail reception.

    3. Excursion Day/Social Visit

    Participants are advised to wear the Conference T-shirt, casual attire and comfortable shoes during the excursion and social visit.

    4. CATA Night

    During the CATA Night participants are encouraged to attend in their national costumes.

  • 1. All food and beverages served are Halal.

    2. Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided for participants during plenary. Morning tea and afternoon tea will not be provided on the Excursion day; Wednesday, 13th November

    3. Participants will be responsible for their own dinner arrangements apart from the Official Dinner and CATA Night.

  • 1. The currency of the country is Ringgit Malaysia and is written as RM or MYR. The Malaysian Ringgit is available in denominations of RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, and RM100 notes.

    2. Major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted in many hotels, shops and restaurants.

  • Penang experiences tropical weather all year-round. Temperatures range from 25ºC to 32ºC with humidity levels averaging at 80%.

  • Power supply is on a 220-240V, 50 cycles system, with three-square-pin British-type plugs (Type G).

  • Malaysia’s Time Zone is UTC/GMT +08:00

  • Smoking is not permitted at the hotel except in dedicated smoking areas. As of 1st January 2019, a smoking ban has been imposed at all eateries including restaurants, coffee shops, open-air hawker centres, and even street stalls. Smoking is, however, permitted 3 metres away from eateries.

  • 1. During conference hours: You may contact our secretariat’s Help Desk situated outside the conference hall.

    2. During non-conference hours: You may contact the hotel reception for assistance.

Contact US

For any enquiries please contact us.

Ms. Esther A. P. Koisin

Deputy Conference Director
Speaker 2

Mr Harris Ahmad Rosli

Conference Coordinator
Speaker 2

Ms. Katerina Maria Abu Bakar

Conference Secretary
Speaker 2

Conference Secretariat for 40th CATA Annual Technical Conference 2019
Headquarters of the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia

Level 12 Menara Hasil, Persiaran Rimba Permai, Cyber 8, 63000, Cyberjaya, Selangor,MALAYSIA
Tel: +603 8313 8888 (Ext 21213/21210/21200/21938)
Fax: +603 8313 7848