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 melanie.harvie@worldtaxpayers.org 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

Web: http://www.rembrandtbkk.com/rooms/

Promotional code: WTAATLAS

 

 

Agenda:

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.

Panelists:

Troy Lanigan. President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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

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
Panelists:

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
Panelists:

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.

 

Speakers

Asia Think Thank Essentials Workshop December 11 – 13

The Atlas Network is proud to work with over 33 free-market think tanks throughout Asia.  The Think Tank Essentials training course will share best practices from across the continent and the globe.

Applications for Asia Think Thank Essentials Workshop are now closed.

 

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Regional Taxpayers Forum Zagreb Croatia April 24-25, 2017

The World Taxpayers Associations along with Lipa and the Free Market Road Show are pleased to invite European 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 April 24 & 25 in Zagreb Croatia where you will enjoy a host of dynamic speakers and networking opportunities.

Agenda:

Monday, April 24th 

Taxpayers Regional Forum

Venue: Hotel Dubrovnik

Conference room: Ban Frankopan

8:15 9:15 Registration
9:15 9:30 Welcome from Troy Lanigan and Zoran Low
9:30 10:00 Keynote: Tax Competition, Scott Hodge. President, Tax Foundation
10:00 11:00 Strategic Planning (for campaigns, for fundraising and for your organization)
      Chair: John O’Connell. Chief Executive, TaxPayers’ Alliance
      Panelists:
      Troy Lanigan. President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Aneta Vaine. Director of Development and Programs, Lithuanian Free Market Institute

11:00 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 12:45 Fundraising
Chair: Staffan Wennberg. Former President, World Taxpayers Associations
Panelists:
Michael Jäger. Secretary General, Taxpayers Association of Europe  and Vice President, Bavarian Taxpayers Association

Tanja Porčnik. President, Visio Institute

Aneta Vaine. Director of Development and Programs, Lithuanian Free Market Institute

12:45 14:15 Lunch break
Chair: Cristina Berechet. Secretary General, WTA and General Manager, Spanish Taxpayers Union

The Human Freedom Index: A Tool for Policymakers and Statesmen, Tanja Porčnik. President, Visio Institute

14:15 15:45 Social Media and List Building
Chair: TBA
Panelists:
Scott Hennig. Vice President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation

David Williams. President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Adam Radman.  Grassroots Campaign Manager, Americans for Tax Reform

15:45 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 17:30  

Taxpayer Campaigns to Join or Replicate. How to use them to grow your organization and build public awareness.

Chair: Troy Lanigan. President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Panelists:
Debt Clock, Zoran Low. Executive Manager, Croatian Taxpayers Association

Tax Freedom Day, Scott Hodge. President, Tax Foundation

World Intellectual Property Day, Lorenzo Montanari. Executive Director, Property Rights Alliance

Open the Books. Every Dime. Online. In Real Time. Matthew Tyrmand. Deputy DirectorOpen the Books.

Debt Campaign, Michael Jäger. Secretary General, Taxpayers Association of Europe  and Vice President, Bavarian Taxpayers Association

20:00 22:00 Dinner at Bistro Fotic
Gajeva 25, 10000 Zagreb

No Host.  Visit www.bistrofotic.com for menu and pricing.

 

Tuesday, April 25th

Taxpayers Regional Forum

Venue: Hotel Dubrovnik

Conference room: Ban Frankopan

9:15 9:45  

Taxpayers Associations and the Government: lessons learned, Davor Huić. Founder and Board Member, Croatian Taxpayers Association

 10:00  –  11:30 Activity and Blue Sky Session.
This session provides taxpayer leaders the opportunity to present short (10 minute) 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. Several groups have already asked to speak and we encourage others to do the same in what will be a free flowing discussion amongst participants.
 

Moderator: Cristina Berechet. Secretary General, WTA and General Manager, Spanish Taxpayers Union

 11:45    13:00  Lunch break

13:10 Transport from the hotel to the University

Free Market Road Show

Venue: Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb

For more information: http://freemarket-rs.com/event/fmrs-zagreb/

13:30 14:30 A Major Economic Reconfiguration: The End of the Free Trade Era?
Moderator: Cristina Berechet. Secretary General, WTA

Scott A. Hodge, President, Tax Foundation, Washington DC

Dr. Robin Harris, Historian

Velimir Šonje, Arhivanalitika

Michael Jaeger, European Taxpayers Association, Munich

14:30 15:30 Troubled Times in a Divided World
Moderator –  Daniel Kaddik, Friedrich Naumann Stiftung

Karl-Peter Schwarz, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Lorenzo Montanari, Americans for Tax Reform, Washington DC

Prof. dr. Robert Murphy, Texas Tech University

15:45 Transport from the University to the hotel

Speakers

 

2016 WTA Conference in Berlin, Germany

16th Biennial World Conference in Berlin, 17th-19th March 2016

Conference theme:

Good Governance and Low Taxes – Necessities in an Uncertain World?!

The World Taxpayers Associations cordially invites its members to its biennial worldwide conference in 2016, from the 17th – 19th March at the Mercure Hotel in Berlin.

Key stakeholders and globally acclaimed experts will discuss a wide range of important aspects of economic growth and growth of freedom and democracy. You will have a unique chance to meet with like-minded persons from all parts of the world (200-250), to learn and be inspired and build relations of future importance for your organization!

We hope you can attend!

Location:
Mercure Hotel Berlin Tempelhof
Hermannstrasse 214-216, D-12049 Berlin, Germany

Keynote Speakers
http://www.taxpayers.events/keynote-speakers/

Conference Agenda
http://www.taxpayers.events/program/

Hotel
Book your Hotel at a Discount – Extended deadline to 15th January 2016!
Use code WoConf  for your discount

E-mail: h1894-re@accor.com

Registration
Until the 15th January 2016 we are offering an Early Bird Special!

After 15th January 2016 the regular price will apply. REGISTER TODAY!
€395 – Early Bird, €495 – Regular, €250 – Partner ticket (social events only)

Visa Information
http://www.taxpayers.events/visa/

If You Need Visa Support from Conference Organizers – please email Daniel Junker, d.junker@steuerzahler.de and cc Michael Jaeger, michael.jaeger@steuerzahler-bayern.de, and Sarah Elliott at sarah.elliott@worldtaxpayers.org.

WTA Conference Scholarships

Please contact Sarah Elliott, sarah.elliott@worldtaxpayers.org, with “WTA Scholarship Application” in the subject line, answering these questions in the email: 1. Why are you interested in attending the WTA Conference? 2. What are your biggest goals for your organization in the upcoming year? 3. How much would you be able to contribute to your attendance?

For more information: 2016 WTA Conference

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