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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Head of Capacity Development Unit / Senior Economic Affairs Officer (P5 level) – applications welcome through 18 October 2020

On behalf of Ms. Caroline Lombardo, We have a job opening for Senior Economic Affairs Officer in the Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO) of UNDESA.

The Senior Economic Affairs Officer will serve as head of FSDO's Capacity Development Unit in the International Tax and Development Cooperaiton Branch. 

The Branch carries out DESA's capacity development programme on tax and other financing for development matters and serves as Secretariat to both the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters and the Development Cooperation Forum. More information can be found at:

Among other duties, the Senior Economic Affairs Officer will lead the development, and support implementation, of a coherent strategy for capacity development programmes and activities, both in-person and virtual, at national, regional and global levels in the area of Financing for Sustainable Development, including to support an integrated approach to policy and capacity development work in the area of international tax cooperation.

A copy of the Job Opening is attached. The link to apply is here. Please note that the deadline to apply for this position is 18 October 2020.

I would be most grateful if you could circulate the job opening widely within your networks. 

Thank you very much for your cooperation and best regards,

Caroline Lombardo | Chief
International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch

Financing for Sustainable Development Office
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs | Room DC2-1758

Email: | Tel: +1 917 367 9212


September 10, 2020 in World Bank | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Platform for Collaboration on Tax delivers a toolkit to help developing countries address the lack of comparables for transfer pricing analyses and better understand mineral product pricing practices

The Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) – a joint initiative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organisation for Economic Co-operation Platform for Coop Taxand Development (OECD), United Nations (UN) and World Bank Group – has published a toolkit to provide practical guidance to developing countries to better protect their tax bases.

The toolkit responds to a request by the Development Working Group of the G20, and addresses an area of tax called "transfer pricing," which refers to the prices corporations use when they make transactions between members of the same group. How these prices are set has significant relevance for the amount of tax an individual government can collect from a multinational enterprise.

The toolkit, "Addressing Difficulties in Accessing Comparables Data for Transfer Pricing Analyses", specifically addresses the ways developing countries can overcome a lack of data needed to implement transfer pricing rules. This data is needed to determine whether the prices the enterprise uses accord with those which would be expected between independent parties. The guidance will also help countries set rules and practices that are more predictable for business.

Since the pricing of transactions between related parties in the extractive industries is an issue of particular relevance to many developing countries, the toolkit also addresses the information gaps on prices of minerals sold in an intermediate form (such as concentrates).

The toolkit is part of a series of reports by the Platform to help developing countries design or administer strong tax systems. Previous reports have covered tax incentives and external support for building tax capacity in developing countries.

The delivery of the toolkit coincides with the third meeting of the Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), held in the Netherlands on 21-22 June 2017, and demonstrates the commitment of the Platform partners to work together to tackle a wide range of pressing tax issues.

The toolkit has been updated following comments on a consultation draft which was made public in January 2017. It will soon also be available in French and Spanish.

For more information on the PCT, visit:

Queries should be directed to:

June 28, 2017 in BEPS, OECD, World Bank | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Prof. Sahar Aziz Explains the Current Egypt Prosecutions of Journalists and Former President Morsi

Professor Sahar Aziz of Texas A&M University School of Law explains the current Egyptian government's stance toward journalists and toward Mohamed Morsi, the former President. Aziz-sahar-head-shot-story-bodyProf. Aziz teaches national security and Middle East law.

>> Al Jazeera news video here <<

CNN recently interviewed Prof. Sahar Aziz as one of the most influential women voices in America, along with Donna Brazile and Gloria Steinem about the Democratic party's nomination of Hillary Clinton.  CNN interview of America's most influential commentators on gender issues here

June 21, 2016 in World Bank | Permalink | Comments (0)