The purpose of the meeting was to begin the process of establishing three consultative groups for each of the three ATI commitments. This included identifying the deliverables and potential synergies to operationalize one or two of the subjects, as well as potential issues for establishing and managing effective consultative groups.
The meeting provided an opportunity to update the ATI members on a number of organisational issues, give an outlook on the progress made towards achieving ATI Commitment 1 and for the ATI Steering Committee to discuss the proposed scope of work for the ATI Consultative Groups.
Significantly, it also provided a space for partner countries to present their Domestic Revenue Mobilisation (DRM) challenges, strategic foci, and how they perceive the ATI can help. The ATI was seen as useful in it's promotion of increasing technical assistance, especially regarding the country specific TADAT Reports and Strategic Plans that are aligned to the ATI Commitments. It was also requested that the ATI continue to strengthen the dialogue and sharing of country experiences on DRM and to ensure the implementation of the broadly agreed 2017/2018 ATI plan, which symbolizes our collective aspirations for improved DRM.
The session was opened by the two co-chairs Elfrieda Tamba (Liberia) and Steven Rozner (USA) who presented the members of ATI Steering Committee for the 2017/18 term. In order to reflect the equal number of ATI development partners and partner countries, the ATI Steering Committee now consists of three representatives from ATI partner countries and three representatives from ATI development partners (initially, it was composed by representatives from two large and two small ATI development partners as well as two ATI partner countries).
In the 2017/18 term, The Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Liberia, Sweden and the United States form the ATI Steering Committee, with Liberia and the United States co-chairing.
Steven Rozner shortly introduced the 2017/18 ATI work plan. The work plan foresees a clear focus on exploring ways to support the pursuit of the fulfilment of the three ATI commitments and on involving ATI members more strongly into the further development of the Initiative, particularly by establishing the ATI consultative groups.
During the afternoon session, members began to form the ATI consultative groups with the aim of organising and executing activities to support the fulfilment of the ATI commitments. All ATI signatories are invited to actively participate in one or multiple consultative groups to enrish the discussion with their perspectives.
The ITC Secretariat sincerely thanks all ATI members for their contributions and commitments to establishing and maintaining the ATI Consultative Groups. We look forward to strengthening strategic and coherent cooperation within and across the groups towards the ATI Commitmets in 2018.