[ONLINE] - Technology and Tax During and Beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic


Public finance is not a typical frontline crisis management function. Yet in recent months, revenue management has been filling a critical role in managing the public sector response to the coronavirus pandemic. As governments provide their citizens with immediate economic relief from the pandemic, public finance officials have been taking on greatly expanded responsibilities such as administering payments and other benefits programs.

We invite you to the Prosperity Collaborative’s inaugural online event to share strategies that can help tax bureaus manage the crisis and serve their constituents. Our first online panel will focus on how tax administrations can remain resilient by transforming their missions and operationalizing relief programs. Our second online panel will explore how innovative technology can help leaders in public finance build stronger, more effective institutions.

This event is hosted by the Prosperity Collaborative, a coalition of the World Bank, MIT, EY, the Digital Impact and Governance Initiative at New America, and the Boston Global Forum Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation. We bring together a diverse set of leading partners from the public sector, private sector, academia, and civil society to develop new open source technologies and digital public goods that will transform tax systems and enhance local capacity with an initial focus on emerging economies.

08:45am Introduction

  • Marcello Estevão
    Global Director, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment, World Bank

09:00am Panel 1: The New Role of Tax Administrations in Pandemic Response

  • Kate Barton
    Global Vice Chair – Tax, EY
  • James G. Mburu
    Commissioner General, Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Sandy Pentland
    Professor, Connection Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Raul Felix Junquera-Varela
    Global Lead on Domestic Resource Mobilization, World Bank
  • Chiara Bronchi (moderator)
    Global Practice Manager, Fiscal Policy & Sustainable Growth, World Bank

10:00am Panel 2: Using Technology to Make Tax Systems More Efficient and Crisis Responsive

  • Jacky Wright
    Chief Digital Officer, Microsoft
  • Jeff Saviano
    Global Tax Innovation Leader, EY
  • Serey Chea
    Director General, National Bank of Cambodia
  • Jeffrey Cooper
    Executive Industry Consultant, SAS Institute
  • Tomicah Tillemann (moderator)
    Director, Digital Impact and Governance Initiative, New America

Follow the conversation online using #DIGI#ProsperityCollaborative and following @DIGI_NewAmerica.