NATIONAL TAX RESEARCH AND REVIEW SYMPOSIUM
29 MAY 2014
Speech by Dr Thomas Webster at the opening of the National Tax Research and Review Symposium.
Chairman of the National Tax Review Committee, Sir Nagora Bogan; members of the Tax Review Team; presenters and discussants especially those who have travelled a fair bit to get here; Members of the Diplomatic Corps and representatives from the donor community; Heads of Government Departments and Statutory bodies; Heads of private sector organizations; the NRI team, Ladies and Gentlemen. It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Organizing Team to welcome you all to this Symposium on National Tax Research and Review.
Last year, the PNG Government took the initiative to commence the tax review process via the formation of a Tax Review Committee, chaired by Sir Nagora Bogan. Through the Committee, the Government intends to put in place, “appropriate reforms in order to realign the tax system to support the country's present, medium and long-term economic and social development objectives”.
On 21 February 2014, the Taxation Review Committee released framing questions and issued a call for papers and/or submissions to collate ideas about the future taxation system in Papua New Guinea. In response to that call, the National Research Institute, as a public policy “Think Tank” commissioned a team of experts to research and analyze various areas of taxation and related topics under the common theme of “Analysis of Taxation Policies and Reforms Affecting Individuals and Businesses in Papua New Guinea”. The commissioned papers form the basis of the presentations at this Symposium.
Have your say in shaping the future taxation system in PNG
The Government of Papua New Guinea and its citizens, through the Tax Review Committee, are reviewing and designing the country's future taxation system, the NRI would like to expose the issues discussed at the Tax Research and Review Symposium for further debate and discussion. The NRI therefore invites comments and suggestions from the general public on any of the taxation topics.
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