KARACHI: Income Tax Bar Association Karachi (ITBAK) and Nutshell Forum to organize a two-day South Asian Tax Summit at a local hotel here on April 15-16, this year. Prominent tax professionals from all the SAARC countries will read papers during the different sessions of two day South Asian Tax summit and will carry out in-depth analysis on the merits and demerits of the tax system prevailing in the SAARC countries
During the two day South Asian Tax Summit, Jamal Uddin Ahmad (Former Deputy Prime Minister of Bangladesh), Dr. Anura Ekanayake (Deputy. Vice Chairman, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce & Industry & Director, Unilever Sri Lanka Limited), Dinesh Kanabar (Executive Director, Tax & Regulatory Sevices, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, India) Prof. Lakshman Watawala (President, Society of Certified Management Accountants & Former Chairman, Board of Investment, Sri Lanka), Sunil H. Talati (President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India), Farooq M. Ladha (Head of Tax Services Ernst & Young, Middle East) N. R. Gajendran (Chairman, International Fiscal Association, Sri Lanka & Alternate Chairman, Taxation Committee, ICAS), Sunil Goyal (Former President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India & South Asian Federation of Accountants) will present paper on vital tax related issues of the region.
The theme of this summit is Regional Cooperation for Economic Development: Vision 2020.
In a joint statement about South Asian Tax Summit 2008 Muhammad Azfar Ahsan (Global CEO, Nutshell Forum), Abdul Qadir Memon (President, ITBAK) and S. M. Shabbar Zaidi (President, SAFA) said that they were appreciative of all the speakers who would be coming to Pakistan for this conference. He said they were optimistic that the two-day South Asian Summit would provide us a platform to restructure the regional tax system. To strengthen the regional system, they would also try to organize this summit in other countries of the region, they maintained.
This summit is specially designed for the Business Community, Tax Consultants, Lawyers and Advisers Chartered Accountants, Management Accountants, Finance and Tax Personnel of domestic and multinational enterprises and Government Officials and Tax Administration Authorities, especially the policy makers.