DESA News

Volume 18, No.04 - April 2014

Capacity development


Improving national development indicators

goal_indigatorsWorkshop for the UNSD-DFID project on “Improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including MDGs” will take place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on 21-25 April.

The workshop “CountryData: Building better dissemination systems for national development indicators,” organized by UN DESA’s Statistics Division, is the fourth in a series of international workshops planned by the Statistics Division - Department for International Development (DFID) Project on “Improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including MDGs”.

The series of workshops has served to build capacity around implementing the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) dissemination model promoted by the project. The fourth workshop will, in particular, look at complex issues and advanced topics in SDMX mapping and exchange. It will also focus on metadata and its use in discrepancy analysis, with a long term view to reducing discrepancies between national and international development data. The training will be led by the Statistics Division in UN DESA and will bring together statistical and IT project focal points from the 11 countries participating in the project.

For more information: Calendar of events of UN DESA’s Statistics Division

 

Double tax treaties to promote investment in developing countries

The Capacity Development Unit of the Financing for Development Office in UN DESA delivered, for the first time, the UN Course on Double Tax Treaties, based on the 2011 version of the UN Model Double Taxation Convention between Developed and Developing Countries. The Course was held in Panama City, Panama, on 10-14 March, with the participation of 30 treaty negotiators and administrators from 16 developing countries in Latin America and Caribbean.

The course provided the participants with the fundamentals of double tax treaties, which play a critical role in promoting international investment and with a good understanding of the UN Model, which is one of the two international double tax treaty models most widely used by countries as a basis for negotiations of their bilateral tax treaties.

The Course, which was practical and focused on South-South sharing, included abundant examples and comprehensive case studies, which were discussed by the participants in small groups. In addition to instruction provided by world-renowned experts, regional experts provided practical insights and relevant examples from their country practices throughout the Course.

Download the UN Model Double Taxation Convention between Developed and Developing Countries