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Release of OECD Revenue Statistics in Asia and the Pacific 2021



15/07/2021 – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require the mobilisation of increasing levels of public revenue.


Revenue Statistics in Asia and the Pacific presents key indicators to track progress on domestic resource mobilisation and to inform tax policy and reform that could help fill the financing gap to fund the SDGs and to build sustainable public finances after the COVID-19 crisis. The eighth edition of the report will be launched on Wednesday, 21 July 2021.


The report provides an overview of the main taxation trends from 1990 to 2019 in 24 economies*, including the Maldives, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam for the first time. Comparisons are also made with the averages for OECD economies, Latin American and Caribbean countries and 30 African countries. This edition includes a special feature on the the emerging challenges for the Asia-Pacific region in the COVID-19 era and ways to address them.


Revenue Statistics in Asian and the Pacific 2021 is a joint publication by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, the OECD Development Centre with the co-operation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Pacific Islands Tax Administrators Association (PITAA) and the Pacific Community (SPC) and support from the governments of Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The statistics are based on the OECD Revenue Statistics database methodology, which provides internationally comparable data on tax levels and tax structures.


Revenue Statistics in Asian and the Pacific 2021 will be under embargo until Wednesday 21 July, 11:00 CEST (Paris time). Advance copies will be available to media the day before release.


Requests for advance copies or interviews should be directed to [email protected].


In asking to receive copies under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD's embargo procedures.


* Australia, Bhutan, People's Republic of China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Maldives, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tokelau, Vanuatu and Viet Nam


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