As inequality widens, the government is pushing for tax reforms to reduce the gap through coordination with other countries.
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Thursday that one of the solutions to fight inequality was improving the government’s ability to maximize tax collection from taxpayers.
The country’s tax-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio now stands at below 11 percent, the lowest among its regional peers, despite it being the largest economy in Southeast Asia.
Experts from ASEAN member countries and their development partners in the region are meeting in Vientiane to discuss issues relating to the 52nd ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) and intellectual property protection.
Topics centered on ASEAN economic integration with participants convinced that the AWGIPC would contribute to fruitful economic and technical developments including consensus around intellectual property protection in the region.
They believe their discussions will lead to increasing interconnectivity amoung ASEAN members and dialogue partners in the sector.
A high ranking official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday claimed that the department is still in the process of carrying out the decision of the Office of the Ombudsman to either dismiss or suspend close to 3,000 corrupt local government officials.
Arthur Condes, executive assistant to DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno, however, admitted that the 2,799 officials facing graft and corruption charges were committed during the previous administration.
The Communications and Information Ministry has urged Facebook to open a proper local office to enable it to adequately tackle complaints about fake news and negative content that spreads through the social media platform.
Minister Rudiantara conveyed the request during a meeting with the Asia Pacific-based delegation led by Facebook’s head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, on Tuesday, saying that the existence of an official office in Indonesia would enable the firm to better respond to content complaints and improve communication with the government.
Facebook, which has up to 96 million users in Indonesia, runs a small local representative office, while its regional office is located in Singapore.
The Department of Finance (DoF) is calling for an overhaul of obsolete land governance policies to prevent Metro Manila’s “urban nightmare” from spreading all over the country.
“I will be the first to admit our policies regarding land governance are in urgent need for updating,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said in his keynote speech at the Conference on Sustainable Governance organized by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) held in Manila on Wednesday.
Unless the government acts swiftly to upgrade its land governance policies, other areas of the country will suffer the same fate as that of Metro Manila, where high land costs and the lack of provisions for road expansions inhibit the government’s response to the worsening problems related to urban congestion, the Cabinet official noted.
The government has secured a loan of US$25 million (about 205 billion kip) from the World Bank to further strengthen road maintenance and improve road connectivity throughout the country.
The Ministry of Finance signed the loan agreement with the World Bank yesterday, with the two parties represented by Deputy Minister of Finance Thipphakone Chanthavongsa and World Bank Country Director for Southeast Asia, Ulrich Zachau.
The Lao PDR Road Sector II Project is part of the country’s national programme to build climate resilient roads and infrastructure.
While labor export is considered as a means to alleviate poverty, Vietnamese overseas workers returning home face employment uncertainties.
The Vietnamese government may have advocated "labour export" as the means to alleviate unemployment and boost domestic labour skills, but overseas workers returning home continue to stare down the barrel of employment uncertainties.
Cuong Gian Commune, in Nghi Xuan District of the central province of Ha Tinh, was once considered an exemplary "model" of labour export. It transformed itself from a poor fishing village to a prosperous commune, thanks to the remittances from abroad.
Budget aimed at winning over voters in wake of controversial currency policy, say analysts.
With state polls ongoing, India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has unveiled a Budget that boosts government spending to help the poor while cutting tax rates.
The Budget unveiled yesterday represented an effort to win the support of voters by blunting the negative impact of the government's controversial move last year to get rid of black money by demonetising high-value currency, say analysts.
The Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration (EROPA) website acquired a new look last January 23. It also added new features such as a responsive theme, development of user experience feedback, improved search engine optimization, and an expanded public administration news section.
During the first week of the new website (23-30 January), a 79 percent increase in weekly average views were recorded. In the same time period, people from at least 60 nations around the world witnessed the site. Six of the ten largest audience sources were Asia-Pacific countries. While all the main pages were already updated, the rest of the website's features are currently being worked upon. Rest assured, all web pages will be updated in the near future and we work towards better experience in the site.
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They also agree to expand defence tie-ups to new areas, including maritime domain.
India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to work together to produce military weapons and expand cooperation in the energy sector, in two of many moves coming during the visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan to India. The Crown Prince is in India as the chief guest for the Republic Day parade, an honour India gives to countries it considers key to its diplomacy.
Last year, French President Francois Hollande was the chief guest while the year before, it was then US President Barack Obama.
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