2014 MESA Tax Conference
9 December - 10 December 2014
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In today’s world of tax, ‘Change’ is the only ‘Constant’.

Economies in the Middle East & South Asia are witnessing a resurgence; and are expected to keep growing in future. At the same time, global economic challenges, including fiscal deficits and balancing quantitative easing with fiscal growth initiatives, continue to confront Governments. This provides an interesting backdrop for Middle East & South Asian economies for budget planning, tax policy and tax management. 

How should multinational and regional companies balance their global tax priorities with regional tax requirements? How should Tax Managers, of companies expanding globally, cope with changes in the tax environment? Why there is a compelling reason to re-evaluate the tax strategies and tax processes? At our Conference, presenters from KPMG Tax Global Leadership, Regional Tax Partners and prominent members of the Industry will discuss and provide an in-depth analysis on challenges of managing tax functions, and debate on practical implications of changing global and regional tax environment. 

The Conference has ‘Plenary’ sessions. After Plenary sessions, you can enjoy a range of in-depth tax technical insight  break-out session. You will also have the opportunity to attend a specific session on Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs).

At our Conference, we will hear from Ashok Hariharan, Head of Tax, KPMG MESA. Participants from KPMG Tax Global Leadership will include Wilbert Kannekens, KPMG International Corporate Tax Leader and Christian Jänisch, KPMG International M&A Tax Leader who will share a global perspective on Tax. We will hear from Rupert Pease (Head of Tax & Legal, KPMG Saudi Arabia), Craig Richardson (Head of Tax, Qatar & Bahrain), Zubair Patel (Tax Partner, KPMG Kuwait) and Neil Allmark (Tax Director, KPMG Oman). An update on Iraq and Egypt will be provided by Amin Husein (Tax Partner, KPMG in Iraq) and Maged Elmenyawi (Tax Partner, KPMG in Egypt). Suresh Perera (Tax Partner, KPMG Sri Lanka), Abdul Rauf (Tax Partner, KPMG Pakistan) and Adeeb Khan (Tax Partner, KPMG Bangladesh) will provide an update on South Asian economies. On Global developments such as Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (‘BEPS’), Tax Management Consulting (‘TMC’) and Global Compliance Management System (‘GCMS’), we will hear from Vinod Kalloe (BEPS specialist), Christopher Scott (Global Strategy Partner, KPMG UK) and Justin Blackburn (Tax Director, KPMG UK).

Distinguished external speakers include His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum, Executive Chairman of Shuaa Capital and Arif Naqvi, Founder & Group CEO of The Abraaj Capital who will be our Keynote speakers; as well as Khatija Haque, Head of MENA Research at Emirates NBD, who will share an economist’s view point on the Middle East. 

During the course of your time with us, we hope you will also have time to explore the stunning city of Dubai in the company of peers and colleagues.  

We look forward to meeting you here. 

KPMG Middle East & South Asia (MESA)

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