Johannesburg - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan congratulated
the SA Revenue Service (Sars) on Friday after one of its officials was elected
chairperson of a global tax forum.
He said Sars chief legal and policy officer Kosie Louw was
elected chairman of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of
Information for Tax Purposes, during a meeting in Cape Town last weekend.
He will hold the post for two years, starting from 2013.
"I am certain that the two years of South Africa's
chairmanship will be beneficial not only to the forum but also to the wider
global tax administration community," Gordhan said in a statement.
"The position of forum chair is especially important
because the forum's current mandate expires in 2015, and it is during SA's
tenure that a decision must be made on the best way to take the work of the
He said South Africa's tenure on the forum "coincided
with very challenging times" for tax administrations globally, especially
with regards to the exchange of information for tax purposes.
"South Africa fully supports the work of the forum
whose peer review report 'reflects a very good practice in exchange of
information'," Gordhan said.
"Governments have an obligation to create an
environment conducive to economic growth and job creation, and to ensure that
the benefits that come from that growth are shared broadly. If this does not
happen, we will be responsible for creating more inequality," he said.