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TRA-IGC-REPOA international conference on tax for growth

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The inaugural TRA-IGC-REPOA International conference on tax for growth brings together world-leading researchers and policymakers to discuss questions relating to enhancing domestic resource mobilisation and strengthening tax systems in sub-Saharan Africa. The policy-focused research conference takes place on 15 and 16 May at the Four Points by Sheraton in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It is co-hosted by the Tanzania Revenue Authority, the International Growth Centre, and REPOA.

Making Tax Enforcement Work

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Tax is critical for economic development. In order for governments to sustainably bring their populations out of poverty, they need to fund the essential public goods and services required for growth. This is difficult in developing countries for numerous reasons, including the size of informal economies, limited state capacity, and low tax morale. After the COVID-19 pandemic, volatile global macroeconomic conditions have piled pressure on developing countries' balance sheets and stymied international aid flows. Thus, the question of how governments in developing countries can efficiently, effectively, and equitably raise revenue, comes to the forefront. 

The conference aims to present policy-relevant research, facilitate peer-to-peer learning, and provide match-making opportunities between policymakers and researchers to increase domestic resource mobilisation. The conference is organised around three core themes:

i) Tax enforcement and compliance

ii) Taxing sustainably, and

iii) The social compact and tax morale.

Speakers and delegates include senior policymakers, academics, and practitioners from Tanzania and abroad, including Alphayo J Kidata (Commissioner General, Tanzania Revenue Authority), Dr Jonathan Leape (Executive Director, IGC), Dr Anders Jensen (Associate Professor, Harvard University), Dr Kimberly Clausing (Professor, UCLA), Dr Mazhar Waseem (Associate Professor, University of Manchester), Dr Pedro Vicente (Professor, NovaSBE), and Dr Donald Mmari (Executive Director, REPOA). 

Why Does Tax Matter for Development?

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Presentation: The importance of tax for development