Southeast Asia Needs New Tax Policy Approaches to Shore up Revenue Collection


With many Southeast Asian governments strapped to finance stimulus and recovery measures in the wake of COVID-19, countries need to review their tax policies to find ways to boost revenues, said experts at the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS) 2021.

At the session, "Role of Taxation in Crisis Response and Recovery," the experts examined ways in which tax revenues have been affected by the crisis, how tax policy makers and administrators have responded, and what opportunities countries should seize to bolster revenue collection.


  • Pande Putu Oka Kusumawardani, Director of State Revenue Policy, Fiscal Policy Agency, Indonesia
  • Vinit Vissesuvanapoom, Deputy-Director-General, Revenue Department, Thailand
  • Esther AP Koisin, Director, Department of International Taxation, Inland Revenue Board, Malaysia
  • Andrew Auerbach, Senior Tax Adviser, OECD Jakarta
  • Moderator: Aekapol Chongvilaivan, Economist, ADB

SEADS aims to help crystallize thinking on relevant and critical issues in the region, and support countries in becoming prosperous, knowledge-based, and sustainable.

SEADS 2021, Innovation through Collaboration: Planning for an Inclusive Post-COVID-19 Recovery, was held on 17–18 March.