ROCB A/P promotes the WCO Revenue Package and Customs-Tax Cooperation Guidelines to assist implementation of the AEC2025
20 February 2017, Hua Hin, Thailand
At the invitation from the Fiscal Policy Research Institute Foundation (FPRIF) of Thailand, which is a research institute supporting Thailand’s economic and fiscal management, Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, attended the ASEAN Directors General Meeting on Excise Taxation held on 20 February 2017 in Hua Hin, Thailand, as a guest speaker. The meeting was aimed to share ASEAN countries’ experiences on the excise administration and policies among high-level executives of the tax authorities in the ASEAN Member States with a view to contributing to the development of the measures regarding taxation cooperation as stated in ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025, with which the ASEAN Member States (MS) are supposed to explore the possibility of collaboration in excise taxation and information sharing on common excisable tax policies among them. 24 high-level delegates from 7 ASEAN Member States (i.e. Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand) and 3 guest speakers, including Mr. Igarashi, as well as some 30 staff members from Thai Excise Department and the FPRIF attended and/or observed the Meeting.
Director General of the Thai Excise Department presided the Meeting and delegates heard 3 presentations made by the guest speakers. In the wake of the presentations made by the representatives of the ASEAN secretariat and the Charles Sturt University, which gave an overview of the AEC Blueprint 2025 and several typologies for tax/excise collaboration frameworks, such as those of EU, SACU and SADC, Mr. Igarashi made a presentation on the enhancement of revenue collection through collaboration among the relevant authorities, in which he highlighted the Customs’ roles in revenue collection at the border and the WCO’s on-going initiatives under the WCO’s Revenue Package. With the anticipation of providing some food-for–thought for devising he gave series of brief explanations on some of the WCO’s instruments and tools, which are related to the enhancement of the Customs revenue collection functions, including the newly adopted the WCO Customs-Tax Cooperation Guidelines. His presentation was well received by the delegates. It is hoped that this meeting would lead to further enhancing Customs and Tax collaboration to better contend with challenges associated with excise collections at the border, while striking right balance between trade facilitation and border control in the ASEAN region.
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