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26 Oct 2018FEFP Conference 2018: Beyond Tax Policy

The Forum on Economic and Fiscal Policy (FEFP) is a non-profit, fully independent international think tank based in the Hague, the Netherlands. Its mission is to improve the quality of global economic and fiscal policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate from a multistakeholder perspective in an informal setting.

The Forum convenes the most relevant actors from all sectors – business, government, academia and civil society – in a high-level, informal environment of dialogue and science.
 
Category:
IBFD attended event, Conference/Seminar
Language:
English
Location:
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
FEFP Conference 2018: Beyond Tax Policy
The Forum on Economic and Fiscal Policy (FEFP) will organize its second tax policy conference in Amsterdam on 26 October 2018, partnered with IBFD. The mission of the Forum is to improve the quality of global economic and fiscal policy for all stakeholders with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate from a multistakeholder perspective. This conference will focus on tax policy, one of the  most important and controversial agenda topics for governments, corporations and society.

Government officials, policymakers, CEOs and CFOs of corporations, tax consultants, civil society and academics: you are kindly invited to attend this conference. The discussions and speeches will provide you with an in-depth overview of how tax policy may develop in the future, both on a general as well as a detailed level. The 2018 FEFP conference brings together expert representatives from business, tax professional firms, governments, civil society and multilateral organizations and enables a structured dialogue and exchange of expertise that can feed into a more sustainable approach to tax policy issues in multinational corporations, governments, civil society and consultancy firms.

Foreign direct investments, sound investment policy and sustainable tax policy are key pillars to achieve sustainable goals such as global economic recovery and global economic growth for the future. The United Nations, the European Union and the OECD recognize the very important role of cooperation between governments and multinational corporations (MNCs) to achieve these sustainable goals, as international investments and economic growth are indispensable for social stability, sustainable development, inclusive growth and economic welfare. However, global flows of foreign direct investment fell by 23% in 2017. Crossborder investment in developed and transition economies dropped sharply, while growth was near zero in developing economies in 2017. Though the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project may contribute
to evolving concepts of good governance with stakeholders, the results and feasibility of the OECD BEPS Project are yet to be determined and measured. For instance, a recent study (2018) of the International Monetary Fund concludes that transfer pricing regulations – a topic discussed in-depth by the BEPS Project – induce spillover effects to other countries, distort the international allocation of capital and reduce the investments of MNCs by over 11%. The most important global tax issue – reformulating the framework for the conflict between source and residence taxation – was not one of the goals of the OECD BEPS Project. This raises the question whether today’s global tax policy is well designed to improve FDI and investments by MNCs, to
accelerate innovation and to deal with global challenges arising from the digital economy, the
increasing inequality, the evolving concepts of good governance and the different interests between developed and developing economies. Other questions are whether the current multilateral mechanisms and Global Tax Agenda serve the interests of both developed as well as developing countries, and whether current multilateral mechanisms and anti-avoidance rules do not result in double taxation and disrupt investments by MNCs. During this conference, world-renowned experts, esteemed academics and corporate leaders from around the world will share their views and discuss the developments of global tax policy in an informal setting, taking into consideration the many non-tax factors and their experiences and knowledge.

 

 

08:30 – 09:15 Registration and welcome
 
09:00 – 09:15 Introduction
 
09:15 – 12:30 First session – A Global Overview: Economic Global Developments and Tax Policy
The first session will deal with the important role of tax policy as to achieve sustainable development goals, such as global economic recovery and global economic growth for the future. These goals are indispensable for social stability, sustainable development, inclusive growth and economic welfare. This session will focus on how sound sustainable tax policy may contribute to more economic productivity, cross-border investments and innovation. The global economy remains fragile at this time. While the recovery in advanced economies is softening, many emerging market and developing economies have experienced a significant economic slowdown, and some large countries show signs of distress. The challenging environment calls for a comprehensive tax policy response to boost economic growth and reduce social vulnerabilities. This session will discuss tax policy as a tool to improve global economic growth with public-private cooperation. Our speakers will share their views on the tax challenges for governments and corporations.
 
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch and networking
 
13:30 – 16:00 Second session – The Impact of Tax Policy on Business
The second session will discuss the question whether today’s global tax policy is well designed to improve FDI and investments by MNCs, to accelerate innovation and to deal with global challenges arising from the digital economy and the evolving concepts of good governance. It is inevitable that sound sustainable tax policy – as a tool to improve global economic growth – will be based on public-private cooperation. It is therefore critical to identify tax policies that could lift productivity growth by promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and technology transfer. This requires interaction between governments and business in designing tax policy, taking into account evolving concepts of good governance. During this conference, world-renowned experts from the business community will share their views and comment on the developments of global tax policy in an informal setting, taking into consideration the many non-tax factors and their experiences and knowledge. They will discuss how OECD BEPS/EU initiatives, anti-tax avoidance rules, multilateral mechanisms and government initiatives on digitalization and tax impact their business and corporations. Conclusions will be drawn whether today’s tax policy disrupts investments by MNCs and what should be done to increase investments and economic growth. During this session, esteemed speakers from business will discuss these important developments from a global perspective.
 
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break
 
16:15 – 17:00 Final session – Future Developments (Beyond) Tax Policy
During this final session, a discussion will be initiated with all participants and speakers of the Conference on the future of tax policy.
 
Speakers:
  • Dr Parthasarathi Shome, Chairman International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF)
  • Ms Belema Obuoforibo, Director IBFD Knowledge Centre, member IBFD Executive Board
  • Dr Ramon Dwarkasing, Chairman Forum on Economic and Fiscal Policy
  • Prof. Dr Stef van Weeghel, PWC Global Tax Policy Leader, University of Amsterdam
  • Mr Rajesh Ramloll, Deputy Solicitor General, Mauritius
  • Mr T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairman Manipal Global Education, ITRAF
  • Mr Suresh C. Senapaty, Board Member ITRAF, Board Member WIPRO Ltd.
  • Prof. Dr Peter Kavelaars, Deloitte Partner, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Mr K.R. Sekar, Partner Deloitte, Haskins & Sells India, ITRAF
  • Dr Ednaldo Silva, founder Royalty Stat USA
  • Mr S. Krishnan, Member ITRAF
  • Mr Steef Huibregtse, founder TPA Global, Amsterdam
  • Mr D. Kabwela, CEO Del Partners, D.R. Congo
  • Mr D.P. Naban, Managing Partner Lee, Hishammuddin Allen Gledhill, Malaysia
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