SGATAR: the newest member of the NTO

The Study Group on Asia-Pacific Tax Administration and Research (SGATAR) joined the Network of Tax Administrations (NTO) on September 6th, 2023, on occasion of the 2nd NTO Technical Conference.

Amidst discussions on the digitalisation of tax administrations and insights of the 2nd NTO Technical Conference, a significant milestone unfolded on its second day: the Study Group on Asia-Pacific Tax Administration and Research (SGATAR) officially joined as the 10th member organisation of the Network of Tax Organisations (NTO). 

The joining of SGATAR marked an important turning point for the NTO, expanding its global network’s reach and expertise to Asia. Furthermore, this enlargement aligns with the NTO’s commitment to enhancing and strengthening tax administrations worldwide.  

SGATAR signature
Signature of SGATAR's membership: Dr. Datuk Mohd Nizom Sairi, Head of SGATAR (left) and Mr. Logan Wort, ATAF's Executive Secretary (right)

SGATAR was established in 1970 and has served as a forum for knowledge exchange and cooperation among tax administrators since then. Collaboration with SGATAR’s 10 members – the People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam – will strengthen the NTO’s presence and capabilities. 

Today, the Network of Tax Organisations comprises ten regional and international tax organisations, united in their mission to create a global platform for strengthening tax systems and enhancing tax administrations’ performance for the well-being of people.   

Representatives of NTO members after SGATAR's signature
Representatives of NTO members & NTO Secretariat after SGATAR's signature


The Network of Tax Organisations (NTO) is a global network of regional and international tax organisations that aims to develop a global platform to strengthen tax systems to contribute to the well-being of citizens. 

Five main principles guide the ordinary activities and initiatives of the NTO: complementarity, equality, transparency, voluntarism, and inclusiveness. These, in turn, contribute to the fulfillment of the NTO main objectives, which consist of enhancing capacity building and internal collaboration within its member organisations, jointly with offering a global platform for tax dialogue and strengthening its governance structure.