Belt and Road Forum in Georgia: How to improve the tax environment of the world


On September 11, 2023, the 4th Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Cooperation Forum (BRITACOF) was held in Tbilisi, Georgia, with the theme “Improving the Tax Environment.” More than 300 delegates from 32 jurisdictions, as well as representatives and experts from 10 international organizations and world-renowned businesses attended the event onsite and remotely, reports.

The 4th BRITACOF is organized by the Georgian Tax Administration with the aim of gathering knowledge and exchanging views in terms of improving the tax environment, expanding tax administration capabilities, promoting tax administration in Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) jurisdictions and promoting global economic recovery.

The Forum consists of Council meetings and plenary sessions. The Council meetings are moderated by Mr. Wang Daoshu, Executive Secretary of the BRITACOM Secretariat and Deputy Commissioner of the State Tax Administration (STA) of China. On September 11, at the Council meeting, it was announced that Mr. Levan Kakava, Head of the Tax Service of Georgia, President of the 4th BRITACOF and Chairman of the BRITACOM Council, was elected as the new Deputy Chairman of the BRITACOM Council; Mr. Davlatzoda Nusratullo Mukim, Chairman of the Tax Committee under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan , and introduced the new members of the Advisory Council: Mr. Albert Baker, Global Tax Policy Leader at Deloitte; Mr. Babatunde Oladapo, Executive Secretary of WATAF; Mr Edwin Visser, Deputy Head of Global Tax Policy, PwC; and Mr. Marcio Ferreiro Verdi, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Center for Tax Administrations (CIAT).

The Council and plenary sessions from the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter referred to as the SRC of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan) were attended by the Deputy Chairman of the SRC of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan K.I. Miyatov.

At the plenary session, Mr. Miyatov made a presentation on the topic “transparency of tax administration.” The session participants were provided with information about Kazakhstan’s achievements in the digitalization of tax administration, cooperation with the OECD in the exchange of information, as well as the simplification of the provision of public services to taxpayers.

Also, senior speakers from other jurisdictions made technical presentations and held in-depth discussions on the topics of overall planning for improving the tax environment, transparency of tax laws and tax administration, reducing the tax burden, optimizing tax compliance, improving information technology and the tax environment, and dispute resolution mechanisms and improving the tax environment.

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