New York, 12 February—Hundreds of ministers and vice-ministers of finance, tax authorities, and senior representatives from civil society, the private sector, academia, and regional and global organizations will meet at United Nations Headquarters in New York this week to focus their attention on the key directions needed for tax policy and administration to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
The 1st Global Conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) will take place from 14-16 February 2018 under the theme, “Taxation and the SDGs.” Conference sessions will cover five thematic areas: domestic resource mobilisation and the state; the role of tax in supporting sustainable economic growth, investment and trade; the social dimensions of tax (poverty, inequality and human development); tax capacity development; and international tax cooperation (including on tax avoidance and tax evasion).
Domestic resource mobilization presents a challenge for developing countries which need to raise revenue of at least 15 percent of GDP for providing basic services, such as road infrastructure, healthcare, and public safety. Presently, in almost 30 of the world’s 75 poorest countries, tax revenues are below this 15 percent threshold. The Conference aims to provide guidance to individual countries and other stakeholders on how to better target tax efforts to implement these services and achieve the SDGs.
The Conference programme, list of speakers and supporting documents are available here: http://bit.ly/2G3DwYl. The plenary sessions of the Conference will be streamed live on UN WebTV: http://webtv.un.org.
What: 1st Global Conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax: Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals
When: 14-16 February 2018
Where: Conference Room 4, UN Headquarters, New York
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About the Platform for Collaboration on Tax:
The PCT is a joint initiative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations, and the World Bank Group to strengthen collaboration on domestic resource mobilization (DRM). The PCT fosters collective action for stronger tax systems in developing and emerging countries. The four PCT partners each support country efforts through policy dialogue, technical assistance and capacity building, knowledge creation and dissemination, and input into the design and implementation of standards for international tax matters. The PCT also produces guidance and tools on key issues of capacity building and international taxation, and has developed the Medium-Term Revenue Strategy, which is an approach for coordinated and sustained support to comprehensive country-led tax reform.
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