Taxation is increasingly in the limelight as a development agenda item, particularly with the emergence of the G20 as the premier international forum. While there is a knowledge gap between tax specialists and development specialists, this new book aims to narrow that gap by providing regional views of tax and development issues in Asia and the Pacific, presenting theoretical analyses of country policies, and sharing practical experiences of tax systems of selected countries. Click here to download the book.
Representatives of ADBI and 7 Japanese think tanks participated in the Argentina “Think 20” (T20) Summit in Buenos Aires on 17-19 September. The T20 aims to provide the G20 process with research-based policy recommendations. ADBI Dean Naoyuki Yoshino, as co-chair of the Task Force on Infrastructure for Development, participated in the opening ceremony where the T20 Communique was presented to Argentina President Mauricio Macri (photo, center) and also was a panelist in the plenary session on infrastructure. Dean Yoshino and other Japan think tank representatives also shared preliminary plans for research priorities for the Japanese leadership of the T20 in 2019.
From 21–22 September, ADBI held a “Policy Dialogue Session for Sustainable Sanitation in Asia” where government officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan participated along with 29 other experts from donor agencies and research institutes. National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies’ President Akihiko Tanaka chaired the opening session and ADBI’s Dean Naoyuki Yoshino chaired the concluding session where Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) Director General Megumi Muto shared JICA’s experience in sanitation in developing countries. The policy dialogue facilitated intense discussions among development partners and government officials on decentralized implementation mechanisms and was followed by a field-visit to the johkasou wastewater treatment system in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
ADBI, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), held Development Partner Roundtable for Sustainable Sanitation in Asia on 20 September, where over 28 experts and scholars from international organizations and development agencies including ADB, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Finance Corporation, Islamic Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan Sanitation Consortium, Water Aid, and World Bank participated. BMGF’s Lead Program Officer Roshan Shrestha gave the opening remarks and development partners gave presentations on their ongoing projects. Hideyuki Horii from the Japan Social Innovation Centre provided participants with innovative cognitive techniques for brainstorming ideas to meet sanitation challenges. Participants were divided into diverse groups where they discussed various aspects of sanitation and brainstormed financing proposals.
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Tax and Development: Challenges in Asia and the Pacific
Taxation is increasingly in the limelight as a development agenda item, particularly with the emergence of the G20 as the premier international forum.
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Structural transformation is a key factor in determining productivity growth and income distribution in Asia.
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