ITIC Donates Kazakhstan Materials to Stanford Archives

On 7 March, acting on behalf of ITIC President Daniel Witt, ITIC co-founder and Economic Adviser Charles McLure turned over to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University a collection of documents created during the 1993-1995 process of tax reform in Kazakhstan. While most of these documents were produced by the staffs of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Finance and State Tax Inspectorate and their foreign advisers, some were produced by representatives of ITIC’s sponsor companies.

The documents cover the period beginning in March 1993, when Finance Minister E.Z. Derbisov invited the Tax Foundation to lead a mission to Almaty to discuss tax aspects of improving his country’s investment climate, and ending in April 1995, when President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed into law the first modern tax system in the former Soviet Union. 

During that period, Finance Minister Derbisov and Marat Ospanov, head of the Tax Inspectorate, signed a “principles protocol” that led to McLure’s preparation of white papers to help the Ministry staff understand the principles and objectives of sound tax policy. Vice President Erik Asanbaev subsequently asked Witt and McLure to lead the development of a modern tax code in cooperation with Ministry staff; Members of Parliament; and representatives from the IMF, EU, OECD, US Treasury, and USAID. A conference was held in London, at which ITIC was named secretariat for the corps of foreign advisers.

ITIC co-founder and Economic Adviser Charles McLure delivers materials on Tax Reform in Kazakhstan to Anatol Shmelev, the Robert Conquest Curator for Russia and Eurasia at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution Archives.

ITIC co-founder and Economic Adviser Charles McLure delivers materials on Tax Reform in Kazakhstan to Anatol Shmelev, the Robert Conquest Curator for Russia and Eurasia at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution Archives.

ITIC Experts Participate in SADC Working Group Meeting

On 30-31 July, ITIC Advisors Liz Allen and Dave Hollinrake delivered presentations at the annual meeting of the Indirect Tax Working Group of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The meeting, held in Pretoria, South Africa, was attended by 30 delegates from SADC’s 15 member states. 

ITIC looks forward to continuing the dialogue with SADC on important issues of tax policy and tax administration.

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Seminar on Tax Reform Held in Vietnam


Over 60 public- and private-sector participants attended the recent Seminar on Tax Reform in Vietnam jointly organized by ITIC, the Vietnam Tax Consultants’ Association (VTCA) and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in Hanoi.

During his remarks, ITIC Senior Advisor Wayne Barford spoke about the international experience on tax reform for direct and indirect taxes. Presentations were also made by representatives from the National Assembly’s Committee on Finance, the Ministry of Finance, and tax experts from the VTCA and the VCCI.

ITIC Launches EGS Program


ITIC is pleased to launch a new program on Energy, Growth and Security (EGS), which will focus on natural resources, infrastructure, and the energy transformations in Eurasia, the Middle East and around the world.

The EGS Program will be headed by our new Senior Fellow, Dr. Ariel Cohen, an expert in energy, economics, and geopolitics who is a non-resident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia and Global Energy Centers. 

22 June Weekly Round-Up

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Check out the 22 June edition of the Weekly Round-Up for more information on the following stories:

  • ITIC Mid-Year Board Luncheon/Diplomatic Dialogue Held in London
  • ITIC Participates in Congressional Roundtable on Illicit Trade
  • Comments Invited on New IGF-OECD Draft Toolkit
  • IMF Concludes Sri Lanka Article IV Consultation
  • WCO Holds Customs Workshops in Azerbaijan
  • Kazakhstan Signs OECD Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement
  • Transfer Pricing of Cash Pooling Arrangements (via

15 June Weekly Round-Up

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The 15 June edition of the Weekly Round-Up featured the following stories:

  • Digital Economy Taxation Discussed at OECD International Conference
  • PwC Explores the Impact of Digital Economy on Jobs and Investments
  • IMF Releases New Working Paper on Taxing Extractive Resources
  • Qatar to Join International ATF Guarantee Chain
  • Countries Unable to Agree on Global Transfer Pricing Standards
  • IMF Article IV Consultations: Angola, Bangladesh, South Africa
  • Liberia Becomes 11nd Jurisdiction to Join the Multilateral Convention