On the 28th and 29th September, our member Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA) and the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF) will co-host the 10th Pan African Conference on Illicit Financial Flows and Taxation (PAC). Over the years, both organisations have advocated for tax policies and systems that curb leakages and optimise domestic resource mobilisation on the continent. The uncertainty of the current global economy has made this mission more critical than ever. As such, in light of the present context, the event will be held under the theme ”Tax Justice Amid Multiple Crises”.
The event will take place in Lusaka, in Zambia, but those who will not be able to attend it in-person can also participate online. Throughout the two days, partner organisations, including the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ), will co-host sessions to explore ways to mitigate the impact of global external shocks on the continent through tackling illicit financial flows and undertaking progressive domestic resource mobilisation.
Together with our Southern regional networks – TJNA, Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe (RJFALC), and Tax and Fiscal Justice Asia (TAFJA) – and the Civil Society Financing for Development Group (CS FfD Group), GATJ will co-organise the side session “Shaky Pillar won’t hold – why developing countries in the Global South should reject the OECD tax deal”. It will take place on 29 September, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
“The inadequacy of domestic resource mobilisation in developing countries is usually blamed on internal political and structural causes, but this is an inadequate half-truth. The lack of an enabling environment in the international context, as well as the prevailing financial and tax architecture, are major impediments”, highlighted Dereje Alemayehu, Executive Coordinator at GATJ. “The proposed Two-Pillar solution under the OECD leadership will not ease these constraints. On the contrary, if adopted, it will lock developing countries in an agreement that reproduces and strengthens the structures and practices that deny them their taxing rights, facilitate profit shifting and aggravate tax base erosion”, he explained, calling developing countries across the Global South to collaboratively work together within the framework of the United Nations to find solutions to overcome these constraints.
In addition to Alemayehu, members of the GATJ’s coordination committee Luis Moreno (RJFALC), Jeannie Manipon (TAFJA) and Tove Maria Ryding (Tax Justice-Europe) will join the round table discussion of this side session, which will be moderated by Âurea Mouzinho (GATJ).
Check the full programme and register at https://panconfifftax.net/.