Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister organization Fundación Global Democracia y Desarollo (FUNGLODE) will be hosting the discussion panel.
“Economic Policy of Tax Reform: Two Approaches,” to take place at 11:00am, on Friday, July 26, 2013 at FUNGLODE in Santo Domingo. For the event, the Foundations are honored to present, through its Fellows Program, two eminent speakers, Germania Montas Yapur, GFDD and FUNGLODE collaborator and former deputy of the General Directorate of Internal Revenue of the Dominican Republic, and James E. Mahon, the professor of political science at Williams College and researcher at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.
During the panel, the distinguished participants will take an in-depth look at the tax reform that was implemented in the DR at the beginning of this year, comparing it with other fiscal reforms in Latin America and giving some preliminary assessment of the results. The core of the discussion will focus on seven states, including Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic, and the tax reform implemented in those countries. The speakers will bring to the fore two approaches called “progressive” (contemporary method) and “collecting” (traditional method), that are used by governments to reform national tax systems, and discuss to what extent the success of the reforms depends on political conditions in the country.
During the course of the event, invaluable information will be imparted, particularly data based on research conducted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which proves that the modern progressive reform seems to favour by Latin American leftist governments, whereas the conventional reform approach is more likely to be utilized by the right or center states.
About James E. Mahon
James E. Mahon is a professor of political science at Williams College and a researcher at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. Mr. Mahon teaches courses on political economy, comparative politics, US-Latin America foreign relations, and Latin American politics. He has authored various articles on political economy, comparative social inquiry, and U.S. foreign policy, as well as Mobile Capital and Latin American Development, published by Penn State in 1996. His current research examines fiscal politics and the reform of the states in Latin America. Given his expertise in the Dominican tax reform, James Mahon participated in the InteRDom PRO in 2012, and will be a Fellow for the coming year.
About Germania Montas Yapur
In her professional career Germania Montas Yapur, served, amongst others, as Deputy Director General of the the DGII (Dirección General de Impuestos Internos), the DR’s leading taxation authority, Head of the DGII’s Office of Information Technology, Process Improvement and Tax Revenue, and Director of Information Technology for one of the DR’s leading industrial concerns, the León Jiménes. Her expertise in the field of taxation technology was instrumental in her having been selected to work closely on a special assignment closely with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Inter-American Center of Tax Administrators (CIAT), and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ) in the area of tax code coordination. In March, 2008, she was honored by His Excellency the President of the Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernández Reyna, with the Medal of Merit in the area of Science and Technology.
About InteRDom and Fellow Program
Established in 2005 by GFDD and FUNGLODE, InteRDom has since become the leading internship, research and academic study program in the Dominican Republic. It fosters and promotes professional, academic, scientific, technological and cultural exchange of students and professionals in public, private and non-profit organizations of the Dominican Republic. As an extension of InteRDom, the Fellows Program was designed to respond to the desire of GFDD and FUNGLODE to develop a community of scholars that contributes to the Foundations’ growing body of research on matters of international concern that directly impact the Dominican Republic. In addition, through the Fellows Program, the Organizations seek to generate scholarship on issues at the forefront of the United Nations’ agenda in order to give voice to national and regional concerns and offer viable solutions to domestic and international challenges.
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