An SABMiller distribution warehouse in South Africa

An SABMiller distribution warehouse in South Africa

SABMiller has said that it is willing to discuss tax payments in Africa upon news that it faces a joint investigation by five countries.

South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana and Mauritius have announced their intention to examine SABMiller's corporate tax payments in their respective countries. They will coordinate their inquiries via the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF).

The move follows an ActionAid report, published in November last year, in which the charity accused SABMiller of "avoiding" paying up to GBP20m (US$31m) in taxes across Africa and India annually.

The Peroni Nastro Azzurro brewer continues to deny allegations of wrongdoing, but a spokesperson for the beer group told just-drinks today (9 May): "SABMiller has worked in forums with ATAF in the past. We are open to discussing with them the allegations made by ActionAid."

At the time of the ActionAid report, the firm said: "SABMiller does not engage in aggressive tax planning in any part of its operations."