Conference on Capacity Building concerning Taxation

Programme - Draft Agenda

Tuesday 29 May
16.00-20.00 Registration

18.00-20.00 Welcome reception

Wednesday 30 May
8.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-11.00 Plenary Session – Political Leadership: Political introduction and framing of the conference

1. Capacity building in tax administration to combat tax avoidance and tax evasion
Introductory speech by Mrs Magdalena Andersson, Minister of Finance, Sweden

2. The 2030 Agenda and Financing for Development
Introductory speech by Mrs Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden

3. Domestic resource mobilization. The importance of political leadership for domestic resource mobilization
Mr. Thabo Mbeki, Former President of South Africa

4. Topic (TBC)
Mr. Navid Hanif, Director for the Financing for Sustainable Development Office, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

Effective Implementation of Tax Policy: Capacity building learning by sharing experiences

11.30 -13.00 Breakout sessions 1-3 in parallel:

Breakout session 1: Keys to successful capacity building – experiences from Sweden and Botswana
Presentation: The Tax Administrations of Sweden and Botswana
Theme: Process oriented capacity building.

Breakout session 2: The IMF and Senegal – How technical assistance led to tax administration reform
Presentation: Senegal and IMF
Theme: Tax Administration Reform.

Breakout session 3: The role of regional organisations
Presentation: Cases by regional organisations to be presented
Theme: Experience based sharing of capacity building in regions.

Lunch break 13.00-14.30

14.30-16.00 Breakout sessions 4-6 in parallel

Breakout session 4: The importance of effective interaction between government and business
Presentation: Representatives of the international business community and organisations
Theme: Tax policy as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the importance of tax certainty.

Breakout session 5: The role of civil society in supporting capacity building
Presentation: Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and Inter American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT)
Theme: The role of NGOs in capacity building.

Breakout session 6: Growing demand for transparency
Presentation: International organisations and country cases
Theme: This work session aims to identify the benefits from increased transparency in tax administrations

Coffee

Dinner 18.30 Host: Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson.

Thursday 31 May
09.00-10.30 Breakout sessions 7-8 in parallel

Breakout session 7: Digital identification – building trust between constituencies
Presentation: Representatives of relevant international organisations and countries
Theme: The opportunities of digitalisation to simplify the tax process by integrating tax in normal business transactions.

Breakout session 8: Meeting the challenge of the Addis Tax Initiative
Presentation: Experiences and views from countries and organisations about the development of the Addis Tax Initiative.
Theme: There is largely a political agreement to the Addis Tax Initiative. But what are the opportunities and challenges at the implementation level?

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-13.00 Concluding session in Plenary

The way ahead to improve capacity building for a more effective tax administration in low and middle-income countries

Conclusions and presentations from the working groups at the Conference on Capacity Building concerning Taxation.

13.00-14.00 Lunch
Host: Ulrika Modéer, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate

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