National Policy Dialogue on ‘The Taxation Link in Sri Lanka’s Development: Emerging Issues

IPS together with the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) organized the National Policy Dialogue at the IPS Conference Room on 23rd November 2012. The Dialogue, was attended by top officials from the Department of Inland Revenue and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, university academics, as well as representatives from civil society organizations like Transparency International and Plan Sri Lanka.

In the first part of the dialogue three presentations were made to stimulate the discussion that followed in the second part. These included ‘Taxation and State-capacity for Development’ by Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist, IPS, and ‘Taxation and Distributional Analysis: Will a Tax on Public Servants Improve Progressivity?’ presented by Priyanka Jayawardena, Research Officer, IPS.

The dialogue was concluded by identifying key knowledge gaps in development implications of taxation in the country and possibilities of for collaboration by different stakeholder for filling these gaps.

To further add value to the discussion Sriyanie Wijesundara of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) made a presentation on the importance of Participatory Budgeting to link taxation and governance at the Pradeshiya Sabha level.

Prof. W. D. Lakshman, Chairman, IPS made the opening remarks.