Workshop on Tax Policy for Domestic Resource Mobilization

20 February 2018 to 22 February 2018

A key strategic and knowledge sharing event within the ADB project, Support to ADB Developing Member Countries to Combat Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, this workshop is financed by the Domestic Resource Mobilization Trust Fund administered by ADB. This project aims to help mainly member countries of Study Group on Asian Tax Administration and Research (SGATAR), a regional cooperation forum for tax authorities in Asia and the Pacific and a collaboration partner of ADB, implement the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting package, protecting their tax bases and delivering increased certainty to taxpayers. The project delivers capacity building trainings and knowledge sharing across Asia and the Pacific to support SGATAR member countries. Participation in the workshop is extended to the People’s Republic of China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, and Tonga.

The workshop provided an opportunity for tax policy officials from participating countries to discuss the scope for tax policy changes to increase domestic resource mobilization and identify tax reform options in their own country. This included knowledge sharing on international best practices, evidence-based policy processes, reviewing taxes which are underutilized, and monitoring tax incentives.

The event focused on the development of tax policy strategies to enhance domestic resource mobilization. It addressed a series of questions:

  • What tax policy reforms can contribute to domestic resource mobilization in developing countries?
  • What are good practices in tax policy development?
  • What are the gaps in existing policy framework in terms of knowledge, skills, processes, and access to data. How can developing countries strengthen their tax policy system through the design and implementation of evidence-based tax policy reforms?
  • What are the priority tax reforms for domestic resource mobilization in the participating countries and how could these reforms be sequenced and implemented?
ADB Organizer: 
Governance Thematic Group
Partner Organization: 
ADB Institute, Study Group on Asian Tax Administration and Research, OECD
Event Coordinator: 
Governance and Public Sector Management
Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
20 Feb 2018 Welcome and Introductions
20 Feb 2018 Session 1 - Overview of Good Practice in Tax Policy Bert Brys
20 Feb 2018 Session 2 - Tax Policy for Domestic Resource Mobilization: Challenges for the Developing World Sissie Fung
20 Feb 2018 Session 3 - Tax Policy Analysis and Evidence-Based Tax Reform Michelle Harding
20 Feb 2018 Session 4 - Broadening the Tax Base Bert Brys
20 Feb 2018 Session 5 - Monitoring Tax Incentives Michelle Harding
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
21 Feb 2018 Session 6 - Taxes on Property and Capital Sissie Fung
21 Feb 2018 Session 7 - Other Taxes
21 Feb 2018 Session 8 - Developing a Strategic Plan for Domestic Resource Mobilization Brian McAuley
21 Feb 2018 Session 9 - Tax Policy Capability Bert Brys
21 Feb 2018 Session 10 - Identifying the Capacity Development Needs Michelle Harding
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
22 Feb 2018 Session 11 - Support from International Community Yuji Miyaki
22 Feb 2018 Session 12 - ADB Technical Assistance Proposal for Regional Support on Property Tax Reform Brian McAuley
22 Feb 2018 Session 13 - Reports and Updates Yuji Miyaki