The GCC countries have agreed ‘in principle’ to the GCC VAT Agreement to levy VAT (Value Added Tax) in the region. It is agreed by all the GCC countries that VAT will be introduced in every country latest by 1st January 2019. Saudi Arabia and UAE have already announced January 1, 2018 as the roll-out date. The other four countries plan to follow later in the year. These include: Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar. The introduction of VAT represents a significant change in tax policy and will cause a paradigm shift in the business dynamics in the GCC region.

The Kuwait VAT Conference is an educational platform which will bring together local and international VAT stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the VAT overall framework. Expert speakers will share research outcomes and case studies related to such issues as VAT readiness, implementation, automation, compliance and reporting as well as risk and fraud management.

The forthcoming VAT implementation in the GCC region will impact businesses of all levels, compelling them to fundamentally rework their operational processes. Kuwait VAT Conference aims to help delegates build and demonstrate tax capability and an in-depth understanding of the new tax regime and its application. The event will help organizations lay down clear milestones for a smooth transition, avoiding any non-compliance or revenue losses due to inadequate planning.

  • Update on current position and timeline for VAT introduction in the GCC.
  • Overview of the main VAT characteristics and compliance requirements.
  • Specific issues for businesses operating across the region with an industry focus.
  • Roadmap for VAT implementation – what should businesses be doing now.
  • Improve your technical knowledge about VAT
  • Get prepared for major developments underway in the changing tax environment
  • Identify and discuss potential cross-border matters related to VAT implementation


  • VAT fundamentals
  • VAT Legislation and Framework
  • Dynamics of Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • VAT Accounting and Reporting Framework Business
  • VAT Disruptive Analysis
  • Enterprise Wide VAT Impact Review
  • VAT Transition Planning
  • VAT Implementation Roadmap
  • VAT Automation
  • VAT Accounting and Reporting
  • VAT Fraud and Risk Management

Who Should Attend?

  • Regulators and legislators
  • Tax directors
  • Financial auditors and accountants
  • Procurement managers
  • Legal and contract affairs professionals
  • Information technology managers
  • Sales and marketing managers
  • Business Consultants


Brian Conn

Brian Conn

VAT Partners , BDO , UAE

Topic : A practical guide to VAT implementation – from experience in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

M.R. Raghu

M.R. Raghu

EVP – Published Research
Kuwait Financial Centre K.P.S.C “Markaz” , Kuwait

Topic : The impact of VAT on Key Kuwait Sectors

Janet Gooi

Janet Gooi

Associate at Al Tamimi & Company , UAE

Topic : Drawing from the UAE Experience – Case Studies

Dr. Robert Peake

Dr. Robert Peake

Chairman and Executive Director The Cragus Group

Topic: The impact of VAT on doing business in the Arabian Gulf

Andrew Bohnet

Andrew Bohnet

Director, Innovate Tax and Oracle ACE, UK
Topic : Compliance is King – The correct way to design a VAT solution

Mubeen Khadir

Mubeen Khadir

Head of Tax & Legal

Topic: Sector-specific VAT perspectives

Mohamed shatory

Mohamed Shatory

Manager at Anti-Tax evasion department & Vat trainer at The Egyptian tax authority ( VAT) , Egypt
Topic : The difference in the application of value added tax between Saudi Arabia and the UAE and its impact on the best application in the State of Kuwait

CA Pritam Mahure

CA Pritam Mahure

Partner, Morison MJS Tax Consultancy
Topic : Five Steps to be VAT ready

Thomas Vanhee

Thomas Vanhee

Founding partner of Aurifer Middle East Tax Consultancy DMCC , UAE

Topic: Kuwaiti supply chains

Vinod Kashyap

Vinod Kashyap

Co-Founder, NextGen Knowledge Solutions Private Ltd , India

Topic : Digital Tax Administration System for VAT

Manoj Agarwal

Manoj Agarwal

Senior Manager- Finance
Dabur International Limited, Dubai

Topic : VAT Accounting & Documentation


VAT in the GCC

Date: 1 May 2018

Venue: JW Marriott, Salhia Hall

Timing: 9 AM to 1 PM

  • 8.00 – 9.00 Registration
  • 9.00 – 10.00 VAT overview
  • 10.00 – 10.15 Coffee break
  • 10.15 – 11.00 Impending legislation
  • 11.00 – 11.45 What should you be doing now to prepare for VAT?
  • 11.45 – 12.30 Q&A session and close

This workshop will focus on key aspects of VAT implementation including:

• Reflections on the GCC unified agreement
• Updates on released local laws and
• implementing regulations
• Sector-specific developments
• Lessons learned from elsewhere
• What can companies do now to prepare themselves for VAT


The workshop will help organizations better understand many of the challenges VAT will present for all businesses:

• Overview of the GCC unified agreement
• four stage process
• Common challenges for businesses
• Implementation timetables

Who should attend

The workshop is aimed at key decision makers at any GCC business.

The workshop should be attended by:

• CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CTOs and other C suite executives
• Heads of finance functions and finance managers
• Heads of IT, Sales & Marketing, Procurement, Legal
• Front-line staff

VAT is going to affect almost all business functions – from front office to back office, in large and small businesses, in every economic sector. This seminar could therefore be extremely useful for almost all company executives.

Chris Park

Chris Park

VAT Manager at Keypoint , Bahrain

George Campbell

George Campbell

Associate Director at Keypoint , Bahrain

Call for Speakers

If you would like to participate in The Kuwait VAT Conference as a speaker or workshop instructor, please contact:

Kindly include the following brief details of your proposed presentation:

  • Title and Abstract
  • Speaker’s short biography
  • Full contact information (title, address, e-mail, phone & fax)


Conference Fee

250 KWD

Lunch & refreshments

Conference & Workshop Fee

350 KWD

Lunch & refreshments

Workshop Fee

150 KWD

Lunch & refreshments

Floor Plan


Sponsoring or exhibiting is a cost effective and invaluable tool to help deliver your technology and services to the key industry decision makers. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available for more exposure to increase awareness to your target audience and positioning yourself as a key supplier to your industry.

Main Sponsorship

5000 KWD
  • Free Booth ( 36 m )
  • Roll-up banners location ( 2 x 1 m ) inside the exhibition area
  • 10 VIP invitations to opening ceremony
  • 10 Complementary Registration ( Full forum Registration with certificates )
  • 4 Advertisement & informative pages in the event guide ( A4 size )
  • 4 Complimentary Seats which can be used for any of our Events
  • Logo & company name on all paintings and promotional materials of the event
  • Logo on the event website with a link to the sponsor›s homepage
  • Award & appreciation and certificate for sponsorship
  • The opportunity to submit a technical paper ( 2 Speakers )
  • Speaking opportunity at the opening Ceremony ( 5 Minutes )
  • Flyer distribution at the exhibition entrance
  • Press release in local newspapers announcing the event›s sponsor
  • Logo on all Materials ( Notepad – Pens – Bags – Delegate Badges )
  • An Advertisement will be presented to the main sponsor, Including their participation , highlighting their displays and interviews with visitors

Gold Sponsorship

3000 KWD
  • Free Booth ( 18 m )
  • 2 VIP invitations to opening ceremony
  • 2 Complementary Registration ( Full forum Registration with certificates )
  • 1 Advertisement & informative pages in the event guide ( A4 size )
  • Logo & company name on all paintings and promotional materials of the event
  • Logo on the event website with a link to the sponsor›s homepage
  • Award & appreciation and certificate for sponsorship
  • The opportunity to submit a technical paper ( one Speaker )


1000 KWD
  • One Booth ( 9 m )


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