The Ninth IMF-Japan High-Level Tax Conference for Asian Countries in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan


April 10-11, 2018

This conference, organized by FAD and Japan’s Ministry of Finance, and with extensive support from OAP, was attended by 48 senior officials in tax policy departments and tax administrations in Asia, which is the largest group that has yet attended this annual event. Deputy Managing Director Furusawa delivered an opening address. The conference comprises seven sessions and covered a wide range of emerging tax issues including international taxation, taxation and digitalization and VAT refunds.

The conference was financed by the Japan Administered Account for Selected IMF Activities (JSA).

Day One, Tuesday, April 10, 2018

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Opening Ceremony
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

Opening Address – Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director, IMF

9:40 AM - 9:50 AM

Welcome Address – Mr. Masatsugu Asakawa, Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Ministry of Finance (MOF), Japan

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

Photo Session and Coffee Break

Session on International Taxation
10:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Recent Developments in International Corporate Taxation


Chair/Moderator: Ms. Antonette Tionko, Undersecretary, Department of Finance (DOF), Philippines

  • Mr. Michael Keen, Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department (FAD), IMF [Presentation]
  • Dr. Shigeki Morinobu, Policy Director, Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research [Presentation]
  • Professor Hiroyuki Kohyama, Hitotsubashi University [Presentation]
  • Mr. Shuichi Hosoda, Director, International Tax Policy, Tax Bureau, MOF, Japan [Presentation]
  • Mr. Geoff Francis, Principal Advisor, Corporate and International Tax Division, Australian Treasury [Presentation]
  • Mr. Do Hoang Anh Tuan, Vice Finance Minister, Ministry of Finance, Vietnam [Presentation]
  • Mr. P.M. John L. Hutagaol, Director for International Taxation, Directorate General of Taxation (DGT), Indonesia [Presentation]
  • Ms. Jingfang Wu, Director, International Tax Division, Tax Policy Department, Ministry of Finance, China [Presentation]
  • Mr. Yuncheng Xu, Deputy Director, International Taxation Department, State Administration of Taxation, China [Presentation]
12:20 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 PM - 3:10 PM

How mutual agreement procedures (MAP) and advance pricing arrangements (APA) might contribute to tax certainty, and other emerging issues


  • Mr. Kiyoshi Nakayama, Advisor, FAD, IMF [Presentation]
  • Mr. Atsushi Komori, Director, Mutual Agreement Procedures, NTA, Japan [Presentation]
  • Mr. B.D. Vishnoi, Member, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Ministry of Finance, India [Presentation]
  • Mr. P.M. John L. Hutagaol, DGT, Indonesia [Presentation]
  • Mr. Kan Sato, Deputy Head of Corporate Tax Team, Mitsubishi Corporation [Presentation]
3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Coffee Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Developments in and potential of automatic exchange of information (AEOI) and country-by-country (CbC) reporting

Chair/Moderator: Mr. Ng Songhua, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)


  • Ms. Giorgia Maffini, Deputy Head, Tax Policy and Statistics Division, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD [Presentation 1,Presentation 2
  • Mr. Nakayama, FAD, IMF [Presentation]
  • Mr. Hayato Furukawa, Director, International Operations Division, NTA, Japan [Presentation]
  • Mr. Kuen-fai Wong, Commissioner, Inland Revenue Department (IRD), Hong Kong [Presentation]
  • Mr. P.M. John L. Hutagaol, DGT, Indonesia [Presentation]
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Reception hosted by Japan’s MOF

Welcome address – Mr. Takuji Tanaka, Deputy Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, MOF, Japan

Address in response – Mr. Shankar Prasad Adhikari, Finance Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Nepal

Day Two, Tuesday, April 11, 2018

Session on VAT Refunds
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Ms. Huang Qinxin, Director, Goods and Services Tax, IRAS, Singapore


  • Ms. Debra Adams, Deputy Division Chief, Revenue Administration Division I, FAD, IMF [Presentation]
  • Mr. Tsuyoshi Imanari, Professor, Research Department, National Tax College (NTC), NTA, Japan [Presentation]
  • Mr. Karl Chua, Undersecretary, DOF, Philippines [Presentation]
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

Session on Taxation and Digitalization
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Chair/Moderator: Ms. Dwi Astuti, Deputy Director for International Taxation, DGT, Indonesia


  • Mr. Keen, FAD, IMF [Presentation]
  • Ms. Maffini, CTPA, OECD [Presentation]
  • Professor Motohiro Sato, Hitotsubashi University [Presentation]
  • Mr. Shinichi Nakabayashi, Director, Administration, Management and Coordination, Asian Development Bank Institute [Presentation]
  • Mr. Rajesh Kumar Bhoot, Joint Secretary, Tax Policy and Legislation, CBDT, MOF, India [Presentation]
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Lunch Break

Session on Medium Term Revenue Strategy
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Chair/Moderator: Dr. Pan Ananapibut, Director, Tax Innovation Division, Tax Policy Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Thailand


  • Ms. Adams, FAD, IMF [Presentation]
  • Mr. Suahasil Nazara, Chairman, Fiscal Policy Agency, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia [Presentation]
  • Ms. Tionko, Undersecretary, DOF, Philippines [Presentation] 
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Coffee Break

Session on Compliance Risk Management for a Function-based Organization of Revenue Administration
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Chair/Moderator: Mr. Wong, Commissioner, IRD, Hong Kong


  • Ms. Adams, FAD, IMF [Presentation]
  • Mr. Masahide Chiba, Director, Office of International Cooperation, Research Department, NTC, NTA [Presentation]
  • Mr. Yon Arsal, Director of Potential, Compliance, and Revenue, DGT, Indonesia [Presentation]
  • Dr. Zainal Abidin Md Yassin, Senior Principal Assistant, Tax Compliance Department, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia [Presentation]
  • Ms. Mongkhonvanit, RDT, Thailand [Presentation]
Concluding Session
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Concluding Remarks

Mr. Robert Pakpahan, Director General, DGT, Indonesia

Mr. Nakayama, FAD, IMF