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Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA) 2024 Essay Competition

February 15, 2024

In an effort to stimulate interest in taxation matters and to encourage youths within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to become knowledgeable about tax administration, the Caribbean Organisation of Tax Administrators (COTA) in collaboration with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) invites submissions for COTA’s Seventh Essay Competition.


“How can Tax Administrators adapt to the challenges of the rapidly changing global environment?”



  • The competition is open to Secondary School Students between the ages of 14-16 years old.


  1. Essays should be between 1000-1200 words, typed in Times New Roman Font (size 12) on letter-size paper, with 1.5 line spacing and fully justified.
  2. Each competing school may submit three (3) papers from students in Grades 9-11 (Forms 3-5).
  3. Each entry must contain the name of the Member State, the name of the School and the name, age and grade (form) of the competing student on the first page of the submission.

The three (3) best national essays will be selected for entry into the regional level competition. The determination of the three winners at the regional level will be made in accordance with the process agreed by COTA and publicised during July 2024.


Prizes for the best three (3) essays at the Regional level are as follows:

  • First Prize – US$1,000.00 and Trophy
  • Second Prize – US$ 700.00
  • Third Prize – US$ 500.00

The schools attended by the winners will also receive a prize.
Please note that the deadline for the submission of essays is Friday, April 12, 2024. Essays must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked Seventh COTA ESSAY COMPETITION 2024.

All entries must be addressed to:
Public Relations Manager, Communication and Tax Advisory Services Division Guyana Revenue Authority
200-201 Camp Street, Georgetown