Regional Taxpayers Forum Bangkok  Thailand December 8-10, 2017


The World Taxpayers Associations along with Asia-Pacific Taxpayers Union and Atlas Network are pleased to invite Asian and international delegates to join us in an exchange of ideas and best practices to advance the cause of limited and accountable government.

The regional conference will be held December 9&10 in Bangkok Thailand where you will enjoy a host of dynamic speakers and networking opportunities. Delegates from United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweeden, Australia, Korea, Hong Kong, China, and India have already registered.


Registration and fees:

If you have paid your 2017 Membership Fee to the WTA, you are entitled to free access to this event. Please email Melanie Harvie at for your discount code. The code is valid for two registrants within your organization up to September 30. After that, an administration fee of 50 USD per person will be charged.

For other groups, the conference has a cost 120 USD per person and it includes conference materials, coffee breaks, and lunches.

Delegates from Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Korea, China, Hong Kong and India have already registered. If you haven’t registered yet you can still do so here. Please act soon, as of this date we have nine spaces remaining.


Location & Hotel reservation:

Hotel Rembrandt

19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Sukhumvit Road, Klong-Toei,

Bangkok 10110, Thailand


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Regional Taxpayers Forum December 8-10

Friday, December 8

5:00PM 6:00PM Welcome Reception Hallway on the second floor


Saturday, December 9 

Venue: Hotel Rembrandt

Conference room: Rembrandt II

8:30AM 9:00AM Registration
9:00AM 9:15AM Welcome from Troy Lanigan and Björn Tarras-Wahlberg
9:15AM 9:45AM Keynote:
      The present political situation in the Land of SmileColin Hastings. Former UK- reporter in Sunday Times, publisher of Big Chilli.
9:45AM 10:30AM Activity and Blue Sky Session
Chair: Cristina Berechet

This session provides taxpayer leaders the opportunity to make short presentations on their current activities or taxpayer-related developments in their respective countries that would be of interest to the group. Also, taxpayer leaders are encouraged to present new ideas, with an emphasis on collaboration, that have the potential to advance taxpayer advocacy. Groups to speak already include: China, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Philippines, United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

10:30AM 10:45AM Coffee break
10:45AM 12:15PM Activity and Blue Sky Session Con’t
12:30PM 1.30PM Lunch break: Mexican Restaurant
      Coalition Building, Lorenzo Montanari. Director of the international advocacy & affairs, Americans for Tax Reform
1:30PM 2:15PM Strategic planning
      Chair: Christopher Butler.  Executive Director, Americans for Tax Reform.


Troy Lanigan. President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

2:15PM 3:30PM Fundraising
Chair: Troy Lanigan

Kim SunTaek. President, Korea Taxpayers Association

Samta Arora. Associate Director, Centre for Civil Society (India)

John O’Connell. Chief Executive, TaxPayers’ Alliance(UK)

3:30PM 3:50PM Coffee break
3:50PM 5:10PM Social Media: gaining supporters for your campaigns
      How to use them to grow your organization and build public awareness.
Chair: Cristina Berechet

Scott Hennig. Vice President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation via Skype

Georgia Scott.  International Communications Manager, Korea Taxpayers Association

Raymond Ho. Founder of Hong Kong Momentum 107

5:40PM     Meet in Lobby of Rembrandt to transport to dinner.
6:40PM 10PM Anantara Riverside Bangkok: buffet dinner and stage entertainment
10PM     Taxi or Sky Train back to the hotel


Sunday, December 10

Venue: Hotel Rembrandt

Conference room: Rembrandt II

9:00AM 9:15AM Welcome to 2019 World Taxpayers Conference Australia
      Tim Andrews, Executive Director. Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance

Moti Kshirsagar, CEO. Tax & Super Australia

9:15AM 10:00AM Reformulating the debate on Tax Competition, Scott Hodge.
      President, Tax Foundation via Skype
10:00AM 10:15AM Coffee break
10:15AM 11:45AM Tax Reforms
Chair: Bjorn Tarras-Wahlberg.
Founder and Chairman of Asia-Pacific Taxpayers Union

Nonoy Oplas, Philippines Minimal Government Thinkers. Tax reforms in the Philippines and Asian countries

Christopher Butler, ATR. US tax reform

Christopher Lingle, University Francisco Marroquin.  Insights from Knut Wicksell to guide tax policy

Yuya Watase, Pacific Alliance Institute. Taxation in Japan

12:00PM 1:30PM Lunch break
1:30PM     Closing Comments
2:00PM  – 3:00PM  APTU members meeting
4:00 PM      

Meet in Lobby of Rembrandt to take Sky Train to the State Tower Building for drinks at the spectacular Sirocco Sky Bar. No bermudas or opens shoes. Casual elegant dress required.

      This is an optional event for those staying in Bangkok entirely at own expense.



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