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PROVISIONAL : August 21, 2018
International Taxation Conference - 2018
Confirmed to date *


08.00 – 20.00 Registration
08.45 – 09.15 Opening Remarks: Roy Rohatgi, Conference Director,Foundation for International Taxation, India
09.15 – 09.45 Welcome: Belema Obuoforibo,* Director of Knowledge Centre, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, The Netherlands
09.45 – 10.00 Special Address: Murray Clayson, President, International Fiscal Association - Worldwide (Video Recording)
10.00 – 10.30 Break
Plenary Session:
Multilateral Instrument (MLI) under BEPS
Chairman Porus Kaka,* former President IFA Worldwide: 2012-17
10.30 – 11.30 "Klaus Vogel" Speaker: Pascal Saint-Amans, * Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD, Paris (Keynote Speech and Questions)
MLI and BEPS in Action: Challenges and Opportunities and Legal Issues
11.30 – 12.00 Sophie Chatel, Head of Tax Treaty Unit , OECD, Paris
Impact of BEPS on OECD Model Treaty & Next Steps (suggested)
12.00 – 12.30 Ola Ostaszewska,*Manager, IBFD European Knowledge Group
12.30 – 13.00 Porus Kaka, * Session Chairman - Concluding Remarks
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Plenary Session:
Chairman Belema Obuoforibo, * Director of Knowledge Centre,International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, The Netherlands
14.00 – 14.30 Achim Pross, Head of International Cooperation and Tax Administration, OECD, Paris
Topic: To be decided
14.30 – 15.00 Monica Bhatia, Head of Global Forum Secretariat, OECD, Paris
Exchange of Information (including Beneficial Ownership) under Action Thirteen: Some Issues and Comments
15.00 – 15.30 David Bradbury, Head of Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD, Paris
Key Taxation Issues in Global Digital Economy - Possible Solutions (Suggested)
15.30 – 16.00 Ian Young, * Ex-Chair, UK Charter Committee, HMRC, UK
A Review of Taxpayers' Charters and Taxpayers' Protection: Comments
16.00 – 16.30 Parthasarathi Shome,* Chairman, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation India, and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics
International Taxation: Resilience or Decline of Multilateral Instrument
16.30 – 17.00 Break
Plenary Session:
Late Afternoon (Option A)
Chairman William Morris, * Deputy Global Tax Policy Leader with PricewaterhouseCoopers, USA & Chairman, BIAC
17.00 – 20.00 Taxation of Digitised Business: The International Dimension Panel Discussion on latest OECD proposals led by Sol Picciotto,* UK. Panelists David Bradbury, OECD - Vikram Chand,* Switzerland-Robert Danon ,* Switzerland - Nishith Desai,* India-Sriram Govind,*Vienna WU- Michael Lennard,* UN - Akhilesh Ranjan,* India - Mike Williams,* UK
Plenary Session:
Late Afternoon (Option B)
Chairman Rodney Lawrence, * Global Leader, International Tax Services, KPMG, United States
17.00 – 20.00 Recent Tax Reforms in the United States (2017): their Current Status and their Impact on other major Global Tax Systems Panel Discussion led by Marc Levey, - USA. Panelists: Premkumar Baldewsing,,* India - Mindy Herzfeld,* USA - Khoon Ming Ho*, China - Arbind Modi* India - Achim Pross, OECD - Pragya Saksena,* India - Robert Stack,* USA - Lawrence Zlatkin,* USA
20.00 – 22.00 Networking Dinner


Plenary Session:
BEPS in India: Impact on Indian Tax Policy and Objectives
Chairman Dinesh Kanabar, * Founding Partner, Dhruva Advisors LLP, India
09.00 – 09.15 Session Chairman's Introductory Remarks
09.15 – 10.15 Arbind Modi,* member of Central Board of Direct Taxes, India
The 2018 Direct Tax Code in India - Introduction and Review
(followed by questions and comments from the floor)
10.15 – 10.30 Break
10.30 – 11.00 Parthasarathi Shome,* Chairman, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation, India; and Visiting Fellow: London School of Economics.
International Taxation: The Economic and Legal Interface
11.00 – 11.30 Akhilesh Ranjan, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (International), India
Recent Developments in International Taxation in India under BEPS
Chairman Parthasarathi Shome,* Chairman, ITRAF, India
11.30 – 13.00 BEPS and Indian Tax Policy, Practice and Compliance in Future
Panel Discussion led by Dinesh Kanabar*. Panelists: Mukesh Butani* - Gautam Doshi* - Hitesh Gajaria* - Vipul Jhaveri - Milind Kothari* - Bobby Parikh* - Pranav Sayta* - Girish Vanvari* (all from India)
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Special Session:
United Nations Model (Option A)
Chairman Nishith Desai, Founder, Nishith Desai Associates, India
14.00 – 16.30 Speaker: Michael Lennard, * Chief of International Tax Cooperation and Trade in the Financing for Development Office (FIDO) of the United Nations.
Recent Changes in the UN Model and its Future Role in a BEPS World
Presentation followed by Panel Discussion led by Uday Ved,*India. Panelists: Rajat Bansal,* , India - Porus Kaka,*, India -Luis Nouel,* IBFD - T P Ostwal, India - Radhakishan Rawal,* India - Dhruv Sanghavi,* The Netherlands - Pascal Saint-Amans,*OECD, followed by Chairman's Remarks
Taxpayers' Rights and Responsibilities(Option B)
Chairman Vipul Jhaveri, Head of Tax, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells LLP, India
14.00 – 16.30 Craig West, IBFD & University of Cape Town, South Africa
Brief Review of Taxpayers' Rights and Responsibilities in the Era of Automatic Exchange of Information. Can BEPS lead to tax terrorism and should it be avoided? What is tax terrorism ?
Panel Discussion led by by Daniel Erasmus, *USA & South Africa. Panelists: Monica Bhatia,* OECD -Gokul Chaudhri,* India - Arvind Datar, *India -Mindy Herzfeld,* USA - Rahul Navin,* India - Edson Uribe,* Mexico - Ian Young,* UK, Followed by Chairman's Remarks.
16.30 – 17.00 Break
BEPS Treaties and Tax Certainty under MLI (Option A)
Chairman Robert Stack, Managing Director, Deloitte Tax & International Tax Group, USA
17.00 – 18.15 Post BEPS Treaties and Tax Certainty under Multilateral Instrument: Can Tax Certainty be achieved with a Policy of Abuse Prevention in post BEPS World?
Robert Danon ,* Professor, Lausanne University, Switzerland & Chair, Permanent Scientific Committee, International Fiscal Association. Presentation followed by Panel Discussion led by Rita Cunha,* UK. Panelists: Monica Bhatia,* OECD - Sophie Chatel,*OECD - Belema Obuoforibo,* IBFD with final comments by Chairman
Mergers and Acquisitions (Option A)
Chairman Gautam Doshi, * Managing Director, , Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, India
18.15 – 19.30 Girish Vanvari,*Founder, Transaction Square LLP, India
Global Tax Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions. Panel Discussion led by Pranay Bhatia,* India. Panelists: Shefali Goradia,* India - Vivek Gupta,* India.
Session :
Judicial Tax Perceptions of the Permanent Establishment (Option B)
Chairman Vijay Mathur, *Senior Tax Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, India
17.00 – 19.00 Varying Tax Perceptions for determining Permanent Establishment and the Approach of the Judiciary towards them.Presentation by Radhakishan Rawal* followed by Panel Discussion led by Jairaj Purandare,* India. Panelists: Premkumar Baldewsing,* IBFD - Kuntal Dave, * India - Akshay kenkre,*India - Simachal Mohanty,* India Kamlesh Varshney,* India .
19.00 – 19.30 Discussion and Questions
19.30 – 22.00 Networking Dinner hosted by International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) to celebrate their 80th anniversary since their establishment in 1938.


Tax Dispute Resolution (Morning)
Chairman Rajesh Ramloll, * Senior Advocate, Mauritius
09.00 – 10.30 Resolution of Tax Disputes in the post BEPS World - What are the New Measures and Approaches in Domestic and International Laws recommended under BEPS Action 14? A Critical Review
Panel discussion led by Mukesh Butani,* India. Panelists: Rajat Bansal,* India - Pramod Kumar, *India - Sunil Moti Lala, * India - Michael Lennard,* UN - Jeffrey Owens, UK. followed by Chairman's Remarks
10.30 – 11.00 Break
Impact of New Technologies on International Taxation (Option A)
Chairman Clive Baxter, Maersk Group, Head of Tax Governance and Policy, Denmark
11.00 – 13.00 Likely Implications of the New Technologies on future Tax Policy and Administration
(Examples: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Analytics, Virtual Reality, Block Chain, etc.) Presentation by Professor Jeffrey Owens,* Vienna WU Austria.
Impact on (i) Tax Systems, (ii) Tax Administrations, and (iii) Tax Policies of the Future. Panel Discussion led by Craig West*, South Africa. Panelists: Loretta Joseph, Australia - Shikha Mehra,* India - Belema Obuoforibo,* IBFD - Neil Pennington,* UK - Jon West,* USA, in the presence of Jeffrey Owens
Artificial Avoidance of Permanent Establishment Status under Action 7 (Option B)
Chairman Shefali Goradia,* Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP, India
11.00 – 12.00 (i) Dependent Agent Permanent Establishment under BEPS: Is it a Permanent Establishment Under Action 7 ?
(ii): Does Permanent Establishment as a Tax Concept have a long-term future in model treaties?
Panel discussion led by Rajesh Simhan,*India. Panelists: Bijal Ajinkya,*India -Amar Mehta,* Canada -Rahul Mitra, *India -Achim Pross, OECD.
Transfer Pricing Developments (Option B)
Chairman Pranav Sayta,* National Partner, Ernst & Young, India
12.00 – 13.00 Compare BEPS Actions 8 to 10 on Transfer Pricing with "Arm's Length Method" under Article 9 and with OECD's Revised Guidance on "Transactional Profit Split Method". Will it lead to "formulary apportionment" under the Mutual Agreement Procedure?
Panel Discussion led by T P Ostwal,* India. Panelists: Daksha Baxi, India -Manoj Pardasani,* India - PVSS Prasad,* India - Sanjeev Sharma,* India - Himanshu Sinha, India
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Chairman Professor Roy Rohatgi, *Conference Director
The OECD's Challenges and Contributions to International Taxation.
OECD Speakers: Pascal Saint-Amans - Monica Bhatia - David Bradbury -Sophie Chatel* - Achim Pross. Brief Presentations by speakers followed by Questions with Vote of Thanks by Rajesh Ramloll, Mauritius
Tax Technology (Option A)
Chairman David Bradbury ,Head of Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD, Paris
15.15 – 16.30 Milind Kothari ,* Managing Partner, BDO India LLP, India
Use of Modern Technology to manage Professional Tax Practices and Tax Compliance, and to provide Advisory Services to Clients: their future Impact onthe Profession & TaxAdministration.Panelists:VikramChand ,* Switzerland - Rahul Kashikar,*India-LuisNouel,*IBFD
Goods and Services Tax (Option B)
Chairman Sachin Menon,* Partner and Head of Indirect Taxes, KPMG, India
15.15 – 16.30 Goods and Services Tax in India - A Current Update
Panel Discussion led by Sachin Menon,* India. Panelists: Prashant Bhatnagar* -Bhavna Doshi* - Dharmesh Panchal* - Uday Pimprikar*- Rohan Shah
(all from India)
16.30 – 17.00 Break
Digital World: Some new Issues for Taxation
Chairman Luis Nouel,*IBFD Principal Associate, IBFDKnowledge Centre, The Netherlands
17.00 – 17.30 Blockchain Technology: Its Use and Abuse
Rita Cunha,* UK - Shikha Mehra,* India - Neil Pennington,*UK .
17.30 – 18.00 How can Blockchain assist Tax Management and Administration of Digitized Currencies?
Loretta Joseph, Leader Global Blockchain Directorate, and Chair Of Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association, Australia
18.00 – 18.45 Permanent Establishment through Digital Presence : Will it work?
Presentation by Hitesh Gajaria* followed by panel discussion. Panelists: Wasoudeo Balloo, Mauritius - N Meyyappan*, India - Vinay Singh,* India
18.45 – 19.00 Concluding Remarks and Questions:Pascal Saint-Amans* (OECD) - Belema Obuoforibo* (IBFD)-Roy Rohatgi*(FIT).

Confirmed to date *

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