Estonian Ministry of Finance Under-Secretary for Customs and Tax Policy Dmitri Jegorov participated in the WTO Public Forum session on tax and digitalization.

Photo: © WTO/Jay Louvion

The World Economic Forum organized session focused on the challenges the global trading system is facing, where the gap has widened between the current tax rules and the realities of a global and increasingly digitalized economy.

Dmitri Jegorov shared Estonia´s experience from the rotating EU presidency, where the country proposed an overall reform of corporate taxation and led discussions among EU member states. Estonia´s proposal aimed at making online companies pay taxes where they are due through affirming the principle of “virtual permanent establishment”. The panel brought together representatives from Google, Leiden University, and OECD.

The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event. It brings together policy makers, leading global business people, students, academics and non-governmental organizations to debate on a wide range of WTO issues and on some of the major trade and development topics of the day. This year over 140 sessions are hold with more than 2300 pariticpants. More information on the Public Forum here.