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06 to 07 December 2016 | By invitation only

The Eminent Expert Group has been established as an independent advisory board for the Executive Secretary of ESCAP to provide strategic guidance, suggest policy priorities and contribute technical inputs for ESCAP's efforts in supporting member States to rethink and recalibrate public finance policies for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

18 renowned experts and experienced policy makers serve as the founding members of the Eminent Expert Group, and 16 of them participated in the Group's inaugural meeting which took place in Bangkok on 6-7 December 2016. Mr. Wayne Swan, Member of Parliament and former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer of Australia, was elected as the first Chair and Mr. Axel Bertuch-Samuels, former IMF Special Representative to the United Nations, was elected as the first Rapporteur of the Group at the meeting.

The meeting deliberated on a number of policy priorities covering (i) conducive tax and public expenditure policies for inclusive and sustainable development, (ii) international tax reforms and their implications for developing countries, (iii) unique local challenges such as municipal public finance for urbanization, and (iv) cross-cutting issues such as building a broad social contract for responsible public spending and taxpayer consent for sustainable revenue mobilization. 


List of members:

[Chair] Mr. Wayne Swan, Member of Parliament and former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer of Australia
[Rapporteur] Mr. Axel Bertuch-Samuels, Economist, previously IMF Special Representative to the UN and former Personal Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance of Germany
Mr. Satoru Araki, former Public Management Specialist at the Asian Development Bank, Japan
Mr. Roy Bahl, Former Regents Professor and Founding Dean, Fiscal Research Center at Georgia State University
Mr. Astera Primanto Bhakti, Assistant of Minister of Finance for State Revenue Policy, Ministry of Finance of Indonesia
Mr. Wei Cui, Associate professor of law, the University of British Columbia
Mr. Visvanath Das, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and interim head of the Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association (PITAA) secretariat (PITAA)
Mr. Michael C. Durst, Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICDT)
Mr. Jan J.P. de Goede, Senior Principal for Tax Knowledge Management at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) and chair of the Asian Tax Authorities Symposiums (ATAS)
Mrs. Kim Jacinto-Henares, Former Commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue of the Philippines and member of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters
Mr. Byung Mok Jeon, Director, Research Group for Taxation, Korea Institute of Public Finance
Mr. Joosung Jun, Professor of economics at Ewha Womans University, Korea
Mr. Ahsan H. Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh
Ms. Patricia Mongkhonvanit, Director, Bureau of Tax Policy and Planning, Revenue Department, Ministry of Finance of Thailand
Mr. Kai Schlegelmilch, President and Co-Founder, Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft e.V. (FÖS), Green Budget Germany (GBG)
Mr. Stefan Speck, Project Manager, European Environment Agency
Ms. Miranda Stewart, Professor and Director, Australia Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
Mr. Eric M. Zolt, Michael H. Schill Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law



  1. Opening Remarks by Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations & Executive Secretary of The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


  1. Chair's Summary of the Inaugural meeting of the Eminent Expert Group on Tax Policy and Public Expenditure Management for Sustainable Development


  1. Presentations from Inaugural meeting of the Eminent Expert Group on Tax Policies and Public Expenditure Management

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