Weekly Round-Up

ITIC Participates in First Meeting of Platform for Collaboration on Tax

This week in New York City, ITIC attended the "First Global Conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax." The conference, held at the United Nations Headquarters, focused on "the key directions for tax policy and administration needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

Launched in April 2016 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations (UN) and World Bank, the Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) "is designed to intensify the cooperation between these organizations on tax issues."

More information on the First Global Conference, and the PCT, can be viewed here.

WCO holds First Global Cross-Border E-Commerce Conference

The World Customs Organization (WCO), in conjunction with China Customs, held the First Global Cross-Border E-Commerce Conference on 9 February 2018 in Beijing. The conference brought together over 2,000 "high-level policy and decision makers, as well as operational experts, from Customs administrations, other government agencies, e-commerce operators, international organizations, regional economic communities, academia and other stakeholders in the cross-border e-commerce supply chain." [More Information]

IMF Staff Concludes Mission to Georgia

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sent a team to Tbilisi, Georgia, on 7-13 February 2018 to "discuss recent economic and financial developments and progress with structural reforms."

In the End-of-Mission press release, team leader Ms. Mercedes Vera-Martin, noted that "Economic developments in 2017 were positive. Growth reached 4.8 percent driven by consumption and external demand. Rapid growth in exports, tourism, and remittances supported economic activity and narrowed the current account deficit to 7 percent of GDP through 2017Q3." [Continue reading]

Sixth African Fiscal Forum held in Zambia


The International Monetary Fund (IMF), along with the Zambia Ministry of Finance, brought together officials from nearly 30 African finance ministries for the Sixth African Fiscal Forum in Lusaka, Zambia, on 8-9 February 2018.