Archive for August 20th, 2019

20/08/2019

South Must Also Set International Tax Rules

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 2019 (IPS)* – Recently, Christine Lagarde, outgoing Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), argued that developing ‘countries need a seat at the table’ to design rules governing international corporate taxation.

Anis Chowdhury

This acknowledges recent IMF findings that developing countries lose approximately USD200 billion in potential tax revenue yearly, about 1.3 per cent of their GDP, due to companies shifting profits to low-tax locations.

Oxfam estimated in 2018 that extreme poverty could be eradicated for USD107 billion annually, i.e., about half the lost revenue.

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20/08/2019

Afghanistan Bloodshed Mars 100 Years of Independence

Human Wrongs Watch

Afghanistan is at a “crucial moment” in its history as it marks 100 years of independence, the head of the UN Mission there said on Monday [19 August 2019], following a series of terror attacks in recent days.

UNAMA/Fardin Waezi | The scene at the Shahr-e-Dubai Wedding Hall in West Kabul on 18 August 2019, where approximately 1,000 people were gathered the night before for a wedding ceremony, when a suicide attacker detonated explosives, killing and injuring scores of civilians.
20/08/2019

From the Field: Green Wall of Opportunities Grows in the Sahel

© UNDP/Imen Meliane | Mali has partnered with UNDP to strengthen agricultural communities and empower women to mitigate the social and economic consequences of climate change.
It is hoped the line of vegetation will help the region’s people plant more crops and provide a secure source of food, improved health and thousands of new jobs.

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