The Industry of Tax Avoidance:
How can we fight secrecy with policy?
• The Norwegian government is under pressure from voters to reduce tax avoidance by multinational companies. Tax avoidance harm developing countries that need natural resource revenues to finance investments in a sustainable society.
• Multinational companies use a secrecy market to keep capital away from the open market, and are allowed to organize themselves in a way that makes it possible to avoid tax.
Sign up for the seminar by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free entrance!
PROGRAMME 1st part
08:30-09:00: Registration and breakfast
09:00-09:15: ”Welcome” by Mona Thowsen, Secretary General PWYP Norway
09:15-10:00: ”Presentation of the BEPS Action Plan. Why is this important to OECD?” by Grace Perez-Navarro, Deputy Director, Tax Policy Administration, OECD
10:00-10:30: ”Treasure hunt in multinational companies” by Hans Christian Holte, Tax Director at the Norwegian Tax Administration.
10:30-11:00: ”A Norwegian example: The Transocean Verdict” by Beate Sjåfjell, Professor of Law, University of Oslo
PROGRAMME 2nd part
11:00-12:00: Political debate: “The capture of politics by extractive industries.”
Opening remark by Frian Aarnes; chair of PWYP Norway
In the panel:
Marianne Marthinsen (Ap)
Siri Meling (H)
Snorre Valen (SV)
Tom E. B. Holthe (Frp)
Moderator: Aslak Bonde
PROGRAMME 3rd part
”The Industry of Tax Avoidance: Consequences in Latin America”
(This part of the programme is organised together with NorLARNet.)
12:00-12:15: Lunch will be served
12:15-12:30: “Challenges in Latin America” by Benedicte Bull and Mariel Christina Aguilar Støen, NorLARNet.
12:30-13:15: “Conversation with four TRACE-participants from Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Colombia.” Local consequences of the Industry of Tax Avoidance.
13:15-14:00: “Mingle”. 20 participants from Latin America will be available for conversations. They represent civil society organisations, unions and media.