Annual Meetings Program of Seminars: IMF
Wednesday, October 9, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium
Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law
University of California, Berkeley
Minister of Finance, Uganda
Fernando Aportela Rodriguez
Minister of Finance, Mexico
Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan
Minister of Finance, South Africa
Tom Keene, Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg Television and Radio
The challenges facing current tax policy makers are daunting: helping to meet consolidation needs with least harm to both short- and longer-term growth prospects; addressing fairness concerns arising from increased inequality in many countries; fixing the international tax system; strengthening domestic resource mobilization for development in the face of likely pressures on development assistance; securing the benefits of new resource discoveries. This seminar will consider: (1) How must tax systems be best structured to meet these challenges; (2) What are the obstacles to substantive tax reform, and how can they be overcome?