9th International DRM Workshop: Tax Expenditures and Domestic Revenue Mobilisation

Agenda (ENG) / Programme (FR)

The German Development Institute (DIE/GDI), in cooperation with the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI) and the Council on Economic Policies (CEP), will host a virtual workshop on tax expenditures and domestic revenue mobilisation (DRM) from 9 to 11 November 2021, from 13:00 - 16:00 UTC+1. There will be a simultaneous interpretation, French-English / English-French, at the workshop.

The series “International Workshops on DRM”, organised by DIE since 2011, brings together scholars, government officials, representatives from international organisations and other experts to discuss ongoing research and policy initiatives in specific areas of taxation, and assess their policy implications. It is designed to build bridges between academic research and development policy.

This year’s workshop will explore the relevance of tax expenditures for DRM. Tax expenditures have a significant impact on countries’ ability to foster DRM and, ultimately, attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They often endanger the transparency of national budgets and policies if not monitored closely and assessed consistently. In light of its mission to promote development cooperation towards achieving the SDGs, the ATI agreed to “apply coherent and coordinated policies that foster DRM”. Commitment 3 of the ATI Declaration 2025 states: “We will improve tax transparency by publishing tax expenditures regularly to facilitate cost-benefit assessments, ultimately helping to reduce wasteful tax expenditures, improving taxpayers’ trust, and creating a more level playing field for all types of businesses. We will improve inter-agency cooperation on tax expenditures and foster the coordination of granting tax concession activities.”

The workshop will build, among others, on data of the recently launched Global Tax Expenditures Database (GTED) - the first database providing timely and consistent information on tax expenditures on a global scale, developed by CEP and DIE - and on ATI members´ experiences in improving transparency, reporting and promoting reforms to rationalise tax expenditures.

The workshop shall be the trigger of a series of regional events to be held in 2022 with ATI member countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

To participate, kindly register here: https://bit.ly/3GlLR9V