The former manager International Relations at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services — George Mow — is now the new head of the Pacific Islands Tax Administration Association (PITAA).
A press release from PITAA said Mr Mow said while he was selected by the PITAA Executive Committee, his appointment was formerly endorsed at the annual heads of tax administrations conference that was held at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi on August 22, 2022.
“I am honored to be selected to take up this position considering the critical role PITAA plays in the region as the focal point to discuss challenges, share knowledge and experiences for its members in the region,” Mr Mow said.
“We are living in challenging times especially as all nations are still recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the different sizes of tax administrations in the region, we have common challenges some of which need Pacific solutions.
“The need to collaborate and work together amongst the members and with our donors and partners is more important now than ever.”
Mr Mow replaces Koni Ravono who held the position for the past six years.
She said the FRCS had been the backbone of the establishment of the PITAA Secretariat in Fiji six years ago in FRCS.
“Even before the establishment of the secretariat, FRCS was handling the secretariat work which allowed us to gain experience and knowledge needed for PITAA work,” Ms Ravono said.
Mr Mow worked for FRCS for more than sixteen years and has experience in tax policy, international relations and statutory reporting and monitoring.