Are you VAT ready? Establishing a cost-effective and efficient VAT framework

With oil prices declining, the Gulf Corporation Council countries are expecting to implement value-added tax to diversify their revenue basis. With the VAT regulations expected to be implemented by 2018, it is important that there is an adequate lead time to allow companies to prepare their systems, train staff and staff up for the introduction of the VAT regime. In a region where indirect tax is not the norm this presents many logistical, administrative and commercial challenges for businesses.

The GCC VAT Forum aims to highlight strategies that will combat these challenges and reduce the burden of VAT in an efficient, timely and cost-effective way.

So what can you expect from the GCC VAT Forum?


Thinking forward: Hear from Landmark Group, Marriott International, Dusit Thani and Al Boom Marine to learn how to create a VAT business model by 2018


Consumers versus business: Listen to financial experts from Starwood Hotels,, Freedom Pizza and Jumbo Electronics debate whether the consumer or the business should absorb the cost of VAT


Expert advice: Get collective advice from Ernst & Young, KPMG and Deloitte on how your business can create a successful VAT framework

Top reasons to attend:


Hear from financial experts from the region to learn strategies on how to successfully overcome HR, commercial and logistical challenges brought on the introduction of VAT


Gain insights from industry experts from Ernst & Young, KPMG, Deloitte and more to understand VAT and how you can build a cross functional VAT programme in your organisation


Understand the types of systems needed to meet VAT requirements in an efficient and cost-effective way through an interactive workshop presented by KPMG, UAE


Network with market experts and discover how to develop an effective VAT business model by 2018 and avoid costly fines

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Interactive Sessions

Senior Vice President of Finance

Real Situation Analysis

Head of Corporate Finance

ISO Technical Committee

Chief Financial Officer

Reduce Costs and Improve Quality

Finance Directors

Networking Opportunities

Finance Managers

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