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Time for Tax Reform in Latin America? – A Conversation with Finance Ministers

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The Latin American super-cycle of elections this year and next, and policy uncertainty across the region and beyond, have placed new pressure on government finances in particular.  At the same time, education, energy and transportation infrastructure, and social programs are more needed than ever.

What are the major trends in the region’s fiscal landscape—and is there an opportunity for far-reaching tax reform in the countries of Latin America?

On April 20, we held a conversation with the finance minister of Paraguay, the finance minister of Peru, and the deputy finance minister of Argentina, alongside leading officials from the OECD Development Centre, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

A new report, Revenue Statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018, was also presented.

2018.04.20 Tax Reform

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Cynthia Arnson
Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

Taxes and fiscal policy in Latin America: situation and prospects

Alberto Barreix
Principal Technical Leader in Fiscal Economics, IDB

Ángel Melguizo
Head, Latin American Unit, OECD Development Centre

Discussion with policymakers

Lea Giménez
Finance Minister, Paraguay

Sebastián Galiani
Deputy Finance Minister, Argentina

Andrés-Mauricio Velasco
Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Colombia


Inés Bustillo
Director, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Washington Office

Closing Remarks

Ben Dickinson
Head of Global Relations and Development Division, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration