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					            International Tax Compact:
Joining Forces to Mobilize Domestic Revenues
                  for Development
           - Dialogue with civil society -



                       hosted by

the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation
                 and Development,

the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

                         and

              the European Commission

                         on
                   27 January 2010



                      Location:
               Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
              Rue du Fosse-aux-Loups 47
                   B-1000 Brussels




                     Programme
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I. Background

Since the Financing for Development Conferences in Monterrey in 2002 and in Doha
in 2008, enhancing domestic resources, supporting tax reform in developing
countries and strengthening international tax cooperation have increasingly evolved
into core topics on the international development agenda. The impact of the current
financial crisis has made the topic of tax losses even more urgent, both for
developing and for industrialized countries. Accordingly, both the G20 and G8 in their
declarations have taken a strong stand against tax havens and called repeatedly for
further efforts to combat tax fraud and tax evasion, recognizing its particularly
damaging effects on developing countries.

In this context, Germany presented the initiative for an International Tax Compact
(ITC), which was successfully launched at a first meeting in March 2009 in Berlin, as
a platform for international development partners to promote more effective
measures for fighting tax evasion and inappropriate tax practices through enhanced
international development cooperation. The first steps have since been taken to start
with the ITC Secretariat and to implement the ITC work program.

An increasing discussion on taxation and development is also going on within the
European Union (EU). Under the Spanish EU Council Presidency in the first half of
2010, the issue will feature prominently on the EU development agenda. Therefore,
the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the
Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the European Commission
have decided to bring their efforts together and to issue a joint invitation to the next
ITC governmental workshop on 25-26 January 2010 and a meeting with civil society
representatives on 27 January 2010, both in Brussels.

The ITC activities are taking place in parallel with two important OECD events on
taxation and development and domestic resource mobilization on 27-28 January
2010 in Paris.


II. Issues to be discussed

The ITC meeting with civil society representatives will focus on the specific inputs
NGOs can make to international development cooperation in tax matters. Special
emphasis shall be given to the South-South exchange of best practices and the
impact of a new understanding of international transparency.


III. Structure

The meeting is aimed at civil society representatives from developing and
industrialized countries who deal with tax matters in development cooperation. The
meeting's working language for documents and discussions will be English. Plenary
sessions will be simultaneously translated into Spanish and French.
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Wednesday, 27th January


9:00 - 9:30     Registration

9:30 - 10:00    Welcome addresses
                Claudia Pragua, Head of Division. Governance, Democracy and Rule
                of Law,
                German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development,
                Félix Fernández-Shaw, CODEV Chairman
                Spanish Permanent Representation to the EU
                Jean-Emanuel Dulière, TAXUD, Head of Section
                European Commission

10:00 - 10:45   Challenges and obstacles for tax reform: the point of view of
                development partners
                Márcio Ferreira Verdi, Executive Secretary, Centro Interamericano de
                Administradores Tributarios (CIAT) Secretariat
                Natasa Arsic, Head of Risk Analysis, VAT and Fiscalization, Field
                Audit Sector and Dr. Dejan Dabetic, Head of Comp. Tax Law and Tax
                Treaty Div., Ministry of Finance, Serbia

10:45 - 11:15   Coffee break

11:15 – 11:40 South-South Sharing of Successful Tax Practices (S4TP):
              How NGOs are paving the way
                Jo Marie Griesgraber, Executive Director, New Rules for Global
                Finance Coalition

11.40 – 12:05 The Financial Secrecy Index (FSI): a new understanding of
              international transparency and its impact on development
              cooperation
                John Christensen, Director, Tax Justice Network International
                Secretariat

12:05 – 12:30 Tax evasion and tax avoidance: the tax payers view
                Theo Keijzer, Vice President Tax Policy, Shell International B.V.

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
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14:00 – 14:20 The ITC – filling a concept with life
              Roland v. Frankenhorst; German Technical Cooperation
14:20 - 14:40   The ITC Governmental Workshop: Process and main results
                Dr. Ute Eckardt, ITC Secretariat

14:40 - 15:40   Working Groups
                NGO and private sector views: expectations towards ITC and possible
                involvement

15:40 - 16:00   Coffee break

16:00 - 16:40   Presentation and discussion of working group results

16:40 - 17:00   Closing remarks
                Claudia Pragua, Head of Division. Governance, Democracy and Rule
                of Law,
                German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development,
                Jean-Emanuel Dulière, TAXUD, Head of Section
                European Commission