Indonesia


Indonesia Keeps Digging

Posted on March 16th, by Global Tax Weekly in Mining. No Comments

“Hard-Faced Intermational Mining Behemoth Grinds Down 3rd-World Workers.” Sounds all too probable, yes? “Corrupt Government Reneges On International Mining Contracts.” Sounds even more probable, and there have been lots of cases of that lately. If you don’t pay the Ministers then they’ll chuck you out; and if you do, you’ll end up in Leavenworth. Who’d be a mining executive? Now of course none of the above applies to the saintly mining companies who are helping Indonesia to exploit, sorry, manage, its mineral resources; and of course Indonesian ministers are the cynosure of probity. So how to explain what’s going on with Indonesian mining? Presumably the (non-Indonesian) mining companies employ tens of thousands of local workers, and if they are modern, socially responsible companies, no doubt they have an entirely paternalistic attitude towards those workers (no, I am not being sarcastic, … Read More »


Don’t Kill Off Doha

Posted on November 25th, by Global Tax Weekly in Trade. 1 Comment

It’s doom and gloom all around in regard to the Doha Round and even as regards the World Trade Organization itself. But these fears seem overblown. Even if the upcoming WTO summit in Bali in 10 days’ time does fail to reach an encompassing deal, something will be saved from the rubble, and nothing prevents the Round from continuing other than the exhaustion of the participants. All existing agreements remain in place; and the WTO’s dispute resolution procedures will continue to operate. And by the way, non-WTO trade deals quite often specify that disputes should be dealt with through the WTO. There isn’t and can’t be any substitute for the WTO. Indeed I’d like to see its quasi-judicial remit extended beyond trade to other fields, say tax treaties and transfer pricing. The OECD is good at constructing sets of rules, … Read More »





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