As part of the preparatory work for its 2024 annual conference scheduled for next June in Brazzaville (Congo), CREDAF organized, in collaboration with the Directorate General of Taxes (DGI) of Benin, a seminar for directors in Cotonou, from 23 to January 25, 2024, on the theme: “ Collection and use of data: tax administrations put to the test of innovative technological solutions (artificial intelligence, data mining, etc.) ».
In total, 50 participants (46 in person and 4 online) from 21 countries (18 in person and 3 online) and 3 international organizations and/or development agencies (IMF, OECD, Expertise France) took part in this important event.
The main objective of the seminar was to support CREDAF member countries in their reforms, strengthening their capacities, exchanging experiences and sharing best practices, as well as the development of regional and international cooperation in matters of collection and use of data.
In particular, it was a question of identifying current best practices as well as the best prospects for the collection and exploitation of data using innovative technological solutions such as AI and data mining.
For two and a half days, the work of the seminar was structured around plenary sessions combined with workshop sessions presented and/or led by experts from tax administrations or international organizations. The two workshops of the seminar focused on, on the one hand, the implementation of artificial intelligence and, on the other hand, the implementation of data mining. With the plenary presentations, they allowed participants not only to better understand the state of the art with regard to these two technological solutions but also to share their respective experiences.
The seminar ended on January 25 at 1:00 p.m. with an official closing ceremony preceded by a feedback session culminating in the adoption of a final report summarizing all the work.