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Strengthening the Global South’s Voice in Global Tax Governance

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Global Policy Forum, in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Eurodad, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, MISEREOR and Oxfam Germany, will be holding a side-event during the meeting of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters on October 30, 2014. The event seeks to take a critical look at the processes shaping the international anti-BEPS framework at the OECD and the G20 and to spur discussion on the need for a more inclusive approach that centers on the interests of countries of the Global South, who suffer most from the consequences of tax abuse. Currently, global standards on tax matters are being developed through negotiations that not only preclude the possibility of developed and developing countries being equally represented; but also prevent the majority of countries around the world from having their say in the decision-making process. We believe there is space outside of the exclusive clubs of the OECD and the G20 to develop norms and mechanisms that strengthen tax governance at all levels - the UN being the natural place for this.




October 14, 2014 | Global Policy Forum

Strengthening the Global South’s Voice in Global Tax Governance: Side-event during the meeting of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 13-15h, Restaurant des Délégués, 8th Floor, Palais des Nations, Geneva


Jointly organized by the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, Eurodad, Global Policy Forum, MISEREOR, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Oxfam Germany.

International cooperation in tax matters has intensified in the last few years. Processes under the anti-BEPS framework at the OECD or G20 are proof of that. Nevertheless, countries in the Global South that are suffering from the results of tax evasion and avoidance the most (at least in relative terms as recent papers by IMF and OECD show) are to a great deal excluded from this increasing cooperation. This means losing vast amounts of resources, where they could have been allocated to sustainable development. While countries of the Global South that are not part of the G20 are periodically “consulted”, the actual intergovernmental negotiations and decision-making have been taking place behind closed doors and without any tangible links to more inclusive processes. Once again, global standards are being developed without equal representation of developing countries, and with the majority of the world’s countries excluded from the decision- making processes.

At the same time, the Intergovernmental Commission of Experts on Sustainable Development Finance concludes that “a participatory and broad based dialogue on international cooperation in tax matters should be strengthened”. But how can such dialogue and cooperation be fostered without marginalizing the majority of governments? We believe there is space outside the exclusive clubs of the OECD or the G20 to develop meaningful norms and mechanisms to strengthen tax governance at all levels. The UN appears to be the natural place for this. Concrete next steps could be an upgrade of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters. But even more visionary solutions are conceivable.

We would kindly like to invite you to join us for a panel discussion around these issues and to share your views with experts in the fields of international financial and tax cooperation.

Programme

Welcome: Hubert Schillinger, Director, FES Geneva Office

Panel discussion with contributions by:

  • Manuel Montes, Senior Advisor, Finance and Development, South Centre
  • Tove Maria Ryding, Senior Policy Analyst, Eurodad
  • Dereje Alemayehu, Chair of the Coordinating Committee, Global Alliance for Tax Justice

Moderator: Wolfgang Obenland, Program Coordinator, Global Policy Forum

Please indicate your participation by sending an e-mail to woob[ät]globalpolicy.org.

Please see invitation and program here.

 

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