Sweden to host Stockholm Tax Conference – an international conference on tax capacity-building, 30–31 May

Efficient and effective tax administration is fundamental to the long-term financing of a functioning society, poverty reduction and the achievement of the goals of the 2030 Agenda. Sweden has therefore invited representatives of governments in 160 countries, agencies, international and regional organisations, civil society and the business sector to exchange experiences of tax capacity-building. The Stockholm Tax Conference will be held on 30–31 May.

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Efficient and effective tax administration is fundamental to the long-term financing of a functioning society, poverty reduction and the achievement of the goals of the 2030 Agenda. Sweden has therefore invited representatives of governments in 160 countries, agencies, international and regional organisations, civil society and the business sector to exchange experiences of tax capacity-building. The Stockholm Tax Conference will be held on 30–31 May.

Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin will host the conference, which is being held by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the Swedish Tax Agency at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre. The conference will help to support tax capacity-building in low and middle income countries and is part of the Government's 12-point programme to combat tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering.

Some 500 participants are expected to take part in the conference. During the conference, good examples will be highlighted on subjects such as government and business partnerships, transparency in tax systems, how digitalisation and civil society can promote capacity-building, and implementation of the Addis Tax Initiative, which will involve Sweden doubling funds for tax capacity-building by 2020. Speakers at the conference will include former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, Benin's Minister of Economy and Finance, Romuald Wadagni, Navid Hanif from the UN, James A. Brumby from the World Bank, and Felix Fernandez Shaw from the European Commission.

Using international financing for development efforts (Addis Ababa Action Agenda) as the starting point, the conference will be an important complement to international institutions' work and initiatives in the area of tax. These include the Platform for Collaboration on Tax conference in February 2018, the Financing for Development Forum in April 2018, and the UN summit on SDG financing in September 2018.

More information about the conference and the programme are available on the conference website at www.stockholmtaxconference2018.se.

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Date: 30–31 May
Venue: Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre

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