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WORKSHOP AGENDA

1st DAY

DATE: 8th of August, 2010

0800-0855 Registration
0900 Guests to be seated
0900-0910 Inaugural/Welcome Address by IDRC Representative
0910-0930 Keynote Address by Advisor, GINI

0930-1100

Session-I: Political Economy of Tax Regimes in South Asia

  Co-Chaired by:
• Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Vice Chancellor, BNU
• Dr. Govinda Rao, Director, NIPFP
 
0930-0935 Lead-in to Discussion by Dr. Shabbir Cheema, Director Asia-Pacific, East-
West Center - Political economy of tax regimes in South Asia: The Context

 
0935-0950 India: Dr. Saumen Chattopadhyay, Assoc. Professor, JNU - Political Economy of Tax Regime: India
 
0950-1005 Pakistan: Dr. Khalida Ghaus, Managing Director, SPDC  - Political Economy of Tax Reforms in Pakistan
 
1005-1020 Bangladesh: Mr. Manzoor Hasan, Director, IGS - Political Economy of Tax Regimes: The Bangladesh Context
 
1020-1035 Sri Lanka: Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS - Political Economy of Taxation in Sri Lanka
 
1035-1050 Nepal: Dr. Mahesh Baskota, Treasurer, IIDS - Political Economy of Nepal’s Tax Regime
 
1050-1100 Open floor discussion
 

1100-1230

Session-II: Recent and Upcoming Fiscal Reforms in South Asia

  Co-Chaired by:
• Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Executive Director, CDP
• Dr. Anwar Shah, World Bank
 
1100-1115 India: Dr. Govinda Rao Marapalli, Director, NIPFP - Recent and Upcoming Fiscal Reforms in South Asia
 
1115-1130 Pakistan: Dr. Idrees Khawaja, Associate Professor, PIDE
(Prepared by Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha, Dean, School of Social Sciences, BNU) - Fiscal Reforms in Pakistan

 
1130-1145 Bangladesh: Dr. Mustafizur Rahman, Executive Director, CPD - Fiscal Reforms in Bangladesh: Evolution, and Future Initiatives
 

1145-1200

Sri Lanka: Dr. Dushni Weerakoon, Deputy Director, IPS - Recent and Upcoming Fiscal Reforms: Sri Lanka
 

1200-1215

Nepal: Dr. Mahesh Baskota, Treasurer, IIDS - Recent and Upcoming Fiscal Reform
 

1215-1230

Open floor discussion
 

1230-1400

Session III: Fiscal federalism and decentralization in South Asia

  Co-Chaired by:
• Dr. George Matthew, Director, ISS
• Dr. Shabbir Cheema, Director, East-West Center
 

1230-1245

India: Dr. Suman K. Bery, Director-General, NCAER - India: The third tier
 

1245-1300

Pakistan: Mr. Muhammad Asif Iqbal, Company Secretary, SPDC
(Prepared by Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Director of Research, BNU) - Fiscal Federalism and Decentralization: Case of Pakistan
 

1300-1315

Dr. Anwar Shah, Economist and Program Leader, World Bank - Implementing Decentralized Local Governance in South Asia and the World: A Comparative Review
 

1315-1330

Ms. Maryantonett Flumian, President, IOG - Fiscal Federalism and Decentralization: Parallels of Canadian Experience
 

1330-1345

Nepal: Dr. Mahesh Baskota, Treasurer, IIDS - Fiscal Federalism and Fiscal Decentralization in Nepal
 

1345-1400

 Open Floor Discussion
 

1400-1500

 Lunch

1500-1830

Parallel Breakout Sessions of Collaborative Workgroups

2nd DAY

DATE: 9th of August, 2010

0900-1300

Session IV: Presentation of Methodologies by Thematic Work Groups

  Co-Chaired by:
• Dr. Idrees Khawaja, Associate Professor, PIDE
• Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, IPS
 

0900-0930
25 minutes

Presentation on Theme 1 Methodology and 5 minute Q & A
Workgroup on Political Economy of Tax Regimes in South Asia
 

0930-1000
25 minutes

Presentation on Theme 2 Methodology and 5 minute Q & A
Workgroup on Recent and Upcoming Fiscal Reforms
 

1000-1030
25 minutes

Presentation on Theme 3 Methodology and 5 minute Q & A
Workgroup on Fiscal Federalism & Decentralization in South Asia
 

1030-1400

Session V: Development of Integrated Proposal

  Co-Chaired by:
• Dr. Bishnu Pant, Executive Director, IIDS
• Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Advisor, GINI
 
1400-1500

Lunch

1500-1830

Session VI: Organization & Planning

  Co-Chaired by:
• Mr. Manzoor Hasan, Director, IGS
• Ms. Maryantonett Flumian, President, IOG
 

1515-1600

Roles and Responsibilities

1600-1645

Communication and Coordination Protocols

1645-1730

Activity Planning

1730-1815

Financial Protocols
1815-1830

Closing Address