Taxation and Development: Addressing Illicit Financial Flows in Commodity Trade
Expert Panel Discussion
Venue: Auditorium A1B, Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A, Geneva
The global funding requirements for the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are estimated to far exceed Official Development Assistance from industrialized nations. However, tax revenues remain low and significantly below capacity in many developing countries. Diverse revenue mobilization strategies seek to broaden the tax base. These include initiatives to increase tax administration capacity, curb illicit financial flows and improve natural resource governance. Success depends on national, regional and international tax governance frameworks, particularly those relating to base erosion and profit shifting activities of multinational firms.
In this panel discussion, leading academic and policy experts will present insights on the most important development finance challenges facing low-income countries and the importance of national and international tax governance reforms in addressing these challenges.
Discussant & Chair:
- Gilles Carbonnier, Professor of Development Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva
- Funding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Bartholomew Armah, Chief, Development Planning Section, UN Economic Commission for Africa
- Taxation Challenges for Developing Countries
Sol Picciotto, Senior Fellow, International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD)
- Increasing Revenue Contributions from Extractives Sector
Claire Naval, Policy Analyst, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD
- Policy Implications for Switzerland
Xavier Oberson, Professor of Swiss and International Tax Law, University of Geneva
This event is part of the CCDP's research project on Curbing Illicit Financial Flows from Resource-rich Countries, funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d.ch). For more details, visit: curbing-iffs.org