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Capacity development activities undertaken by the Office aim at enabling Member States to implement their commitments and agreements on Financing for Development, in particular in the area of domestic resource mobilization. In line with the current Capacity Development Strategy of UN DESA, which identified “Fiscal policy and international tax cooperation” as one of the priority areas, the Office is developing and implementing a programme of capacity development activities on international tax cooperation to strengthen the capacity of national tax authorities and ministries of finance to develop more effective and efficient tax systems.

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The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda) calls “on all businesses to apply their creativity and
innovation to solving sustainable development challenges” and invites them “to invest in areas critical
to sustainable development” (para 35). In addition, the Addis Agenda recognizes that “investing in
sustainable and resilient infrastructure […], for all” is a pre-requisite for achieving the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and points to an infrastructure gap of $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion annually in
developing countries (para 14).

Transfer Pricing – Administrative Aspects and Recent Developments

Working in close collaboration with the African Tax Administration Forum, UN-DESA organized a five-day workshop on transfer pricing entitled “Administrative Aspects and Recent Developments” in Eculwini, Swaziland, from 4 – 8 December 2017. The workshop, the first of its kind in the kingdom, was robustly attended by various experts in the field and representatives from developing countries on the African continent.

Death and taxes

Nothing in our lives is certain except death and taxes, goes the old English saying. But looking at the recent  tax avoidance scandals, it seems that for some wealthy individuals and multinational corporations, only one of these life certainties applies. With a workshop organized this week in Addis Ababa, UN DESA, with financial support from the Government of Italy, is helping African countries ensure that their badly needed revenues do not end up in tax havens.