Timeline and Consultation

CONSULTATION PROCESS

The Committee is consulting widely with stakeholders. International experience shows that broad and effective consultation is critical to the proper, fair design, successful delivery, implementation and sustainability of any tax reform measures. The Review is being done through five (5) stages:

      • Step 1. ‘Blue sky’ Consultation.

        In December 2013 (Media Release), the Committee invited all interested parties to give their perspectives on the broad directions for reform and key priority areas. The due date for submissions was 30 April 2014, which was later extended to mid-May 2014. Some 44 submissions were received and are available for viewing (unless specified as confidential) via the Tax Review website www.taxreview.gov.pg. Submissions provided as part of this consultation will help guide the direction of the Review, ensure that key areas of public interest are addressed plus will help build a consensus for the need for reform..

      • Step 2. Consultation on Issues Papers.

        The papers will cover specific taxation areas and issues identified above (this paper being the one exception). The purpose of this stage of consultation is to promote more targeted discussion and debate, to assist the Committee draft its recommendations. More issues papers will be released throughout 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.
        (Publications)

      • Step 3. Tax Symposium.

        The Committee also used the powerful tool of social media as a modern medium to generate informed dialogue and discussions on tax reform in Papua New Guinea. It hosted a web site with information on the work of the Committee which to date has received over 4,000 visitors. It also has a specific tax reform face book blog with over 1,500 followers. Matters of substance generated by the social media are also included for consideration by the Committee.

      • Step 4. Use of Radio and Social Media

        The papers will cover specific taxation areas and issues identified above (this paper being the one exception). The purpose of this stage of consultation is to promote more targeted discussion and debate, to assist the Committee draft its recommendations. More issues papers will be released throughout 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.
        (Publications)

      • Step 5. Consultation on Draft Final Report.

        The final stage of public consultation will focus on the Draft Final Report prepared by the Committee. The Draft Report will draw on the feedback gained from previous stages of consultation which will be put forward for further discussion and eventually the Committee’s evaluation of all relevant areas and aspects of taxation and non-tax revenue. All of the above combined, will help form the reform recommendations for the Government.
        (Publications)

Regional Consultations.

As part of the overall Review process, consultation has and will continue to include open forums in provincial centres. To date, well attended open forums have been held in Lae, Kokopo, Madang and Port Moresby. Time constraints have prevented the Committee from visiting other provinces under the ‘Blue Sky’ consultation phase. However, further consultations will be held at the Draft Final Report phase.

The Committee runs quarterly updates of its work through advertising in the print media and direct mailing to stakeholders. Notices of regional forums are widely advertised in the Post Courier, The National and other newspapers so as to allow the public and relevant stakeholders to read more about the issues including the timetable of exchanges with the Committee and the Secretariat.

To ensure there is transparency in the consultation process, all submissions to the Tax Review are published on this website unless the submission is by justification, marked ‘confidential’.

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