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Saturday, October 1, 2005

UN Seeks Speakers for Conference on Property Tax Reform in China

Undp_logo The United Nations Development Programme is seeking two speakers for an international seminar on reforming the property tax system in China to be held in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, on November 22 & 23, 2005:

As China has rapidly developed in recent years, it has become apparent that transparent and efficient public administration is required not only for a well-functioning market economy, but also to utilize resources for combating poverty and inequality. The Capacity Building to Support Pro-poor Fiscal Reform in China project will build upon previous work in public expenditure management and taxation, with a special focus on the implementation of these reforms on the local and regional levels. As part of the fiscal reform initiative, UNDP along with the Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Taxation is holding an international seminar on property tax. The goal is to improve the currently highly fragmented tax system so that property tax can become a more viable resource for local governments.

UNDP/China is looking for one to two speakers to take part in the seminar which will be held in Wuhan City, Hubei Province from November 22-23, 2005. The session will examine taxation policies and practices in foreign countries and compare their land use and property markets with those of China.

If interested, please email Alan Budde, Project Coordinator, ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center (ILRC), American Bar Association.  (Thanks to Jim Maule (Villanova) for the tip.)

Duties:

  • Preparing a PowerPoint presentation and written report (in English) of no less than 10,000 words on policies and management practices for property taxation in various countries, new developments in local government financing and assessment of property values, and electronic evaluation systems
  • Giving a presentation during the seminar on the above topics
  • Contributing to a draft set of policy suggestions for the introduction of a unified property tax system in China

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in law, public administration, or a related field
  • At least 10 years of experience in tax assessment and policy development
  • Familiarity with electronic property evaluation tools
  • Experience working in China or other developing countries

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