Tax Week, held in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad during 2011, was a series of seminars on the fiscal situation in Pakistan that specifically addressed the urgent need to generate revenue through alternative tax mechanisms. The objective of Tax Week was to bridge the lack of agreement on what the next steps in the reform agenda should be, the sequencing of reform and how to achieve it politically. In particular, the goal was to reactivate the debate on General Sale Tax (GST), the most visible example of reform failure.
Tax Week was led by Dr. Ehtisham Ahmad of the Asia Research Center at the London School of Economics and the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn. Our partners in Tax Week included the National Press Club of Pakistan, the Development Policy Research Center (DPRC) at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and the Institute of Business Administration.