IOTA attended the CIAT 53rd General Assembly

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IOTA was represented in the 53rd General Assembly of CIAT – The Interamerican Center of Tax Administrations by the President, Mr. Hans D’Hondt and the Executive Secretary, Mr. Miguel Silva Pinto. The event was held in Havana, Cuba on the 21 to the 23 May 2019. The overall theme was “The Human factor: The brain of the tax administration (Human Resources selection, management and capacity building)”.

EVENT: CIAT 53rd General Assembly
Date: 21-23 May 2019
Location: Havana, Cuba
Organiser: CIAT
IOTA participants
: Hans D’Hondt – President of IOTA; Miguel Silva Pinto – Executive Secretary (ES)

L. To R.: Jonathan Swerdlow, CATA Vice President, Miguel Silva Pinto, IOTA Executive Secretary, Marcio Verdi, CIAT Executive Secretay

L. to R.: Magin Diaz, DG Dominican Republic, Hans D'Hondt, IOTA President, Santiago Diaz de Sarralde, CIAT Director of Studies and Research

Participating in a round table addressing the profile of the new tax official, the President of IOTA said that when recruiting candidates for jobs in the tax administration it is important to assess the level of their motivation and commitment with the public service. Besides a good salary level, the employer should also be capable to offer the new tax officials a culture of change and career perspectives in an environment characterized by a need to be flexible and adaptable to new functions. Mr. D’Hondt also announced the forthcoming General Assembly of IOTA, and invited participants to attend the technical session, scheduled for the 3/4 July 2019 in Brussels.

The Executive Secretary was a panelist in a round-table on performance assessment management. He mentioned the relevance of the performance assessment as an essential part of the Human Resources Management system in each tax administration, stressed that the strategic activities of an organization should be combined with the individual objectives of the tax officials and referred that an important goal of the performance assessment is to identify the human capital risks that might put in danger the overall performance of the tax authority.

In the margin of the event the President and the Executive Secretary established bilateral contacts with many delegates, in particular representatives of member-countries of IOTA (France, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain and The Netherlands) in view of the preparation of the next IOTA General Assembly.