WHO African Region workshop on tobacco taxation
Place: Nairobi, KenyaDate: 5-8 April 2011
The regional workshop on tobacco taxation was held in Kenya. The workshop aimed to provide training to officials from the Ministries of Finance of fifteen African countries on the issue of tobacco taxation. Participating countries were: Angola, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Two participants, mainly from the Ministry of Finance or Customs department, came from each country.
The workshop provided first an overview of the different types of taxes applied on tobacco globally and in Africa, participants then looked closely at the pros and cons of each type of tax and went over the different arguments used against tobacco taxation. In the second part of the workshop participants used a WHO-developed simulation model (TaXSiM) to look at the impact of different tobacco tax scenarios in their country and their impact on consumption and revenues.