The Addis Ababa Agreement: Shared Responsibilities and Tax Fairness


The Third International Conference on “Financing for Development” was called upon to answer clearly some crucial questions, such as: how will the “post 2015” agenda be financed?; what concrete commitments on the part of the richest countries and the European Union?; what commitments by partner countries and in particular (but not only) African ones?; What role for the private sector in global strategies to fight poverty? Paolo Dieci, president of Link2007, Cooperation on the Net, who participated in the work of the Conference, drew some interesting considerations from it. The main novelty of Addis Ababa compared to Monterrey and Doha lies in the greater emphasis placed on shared responsibilities. It is within this framework that the emphasis placed on the mobilization of domestic resources is placed, starting with more efficient and fair tax systems. Just as the opening to the private sector goes in this direction, from which investments are expected in favor of inclusive and sustainable growth. At the same time, the “message” of Addis Ababa is that official development assistance remains an indispensable tool in view of the elimination of absolute poverty within the next 15 years.


Post by Nino Sergi