Jeudi 14 février 2019, 18:15 - 19:45

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

Panel Discussants:

  • 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