The IOG to play advisory role to South Asia network on fiscal policy and accountability
On August 8th & 9th, 2010 IOG President Maryantonett Flumian and Vice President of Partnerships and International Programming, Laura Edgar, joined a group of world renowned experts from South Asia and other leaders from the academic and government worlds for the “Collaborative Research on South Asia Tax Systems” workshop held jointly by the Governance Institutes Network International’s (GINI) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Singapore, Indonesia.
A number of organizations were present with the ultimate goal of creating a loose regional network of research institutions and individuals that would tackle fiscal policy and accountability in South East Asia. Mrs. Flumian led a session on fiscal federalism and decentralization. Her experience focused on the parallels of Canadian experience. She also co-chaired the final session where it was decided that GINI will serve as Secretariat for the network and the Institute On Governance along with World Bank representatives, and the East-West Centre representatives will constitute a Technical Advisory Group that will provide peer review services for the research outputs produced by the network’s Sub-Committees.
Some of the themes the group hopes to research are:
- Exemptions & Incentives: Efficacy, Costs & Interest Groups
- Assessment of donor-led fiscal reforms: Benefit & Costs
- VAT Reform
- Improving local government finances, including property tax reform in South Asia
- Reform of inter-governmental fiscal transfers: Adequacy, Equity & Incentives
- The Role of technology in tax administration
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