Since 2019, Capabuild has worked closely with the Financial Education and Training Agency (FETA) within the Ministry of Finance, which is engaged in the training of approximately 20,000 tax officers.
One of our program has a focus on taxation issues in the digital economy. This included a five-day workshop presented by Prosus/Naspers on cooperative compliance, and DLA Piper on trends in indirect taxation in the digital economy.
We continued programs on trade, tax and treaties linking tax with global trade and investment policies. We assisted FETA to establish a multidisciplinary forum with government representatives from 8 different government agencies dealing with trade, investment and taxation.
Capabuild’s collaboration with the Financial Education and Training Agency (FETA) has grown, with the delivery of intensive webinars. Moving to an online format, we co-designed a program that included a wide variety of views for the multidisciplinary audience. Our first webinar focused on the intersection of trade, tax, and treaties. Expertly moderated by the FETA team, it featured presentations from Capabuild trainers as well as experts from the Dutch Foreign Ministry, Naspers/Prosus, Deloitte, the UN, UK Revenue Department and others. Engaged through online learning tools and interactive sessions, the high-level officials were immersed in the dynamics of global taxation. Participants brought back to their Government Ministries an increased awareness of future scenarios, and the vital role Indonesia can play in a fairer global tax landscape.
Capabuild was invited to follow up with another online webinar series focusing on the art of negotiating tax treaties. Our network of in-house trainers, experts from the global South, donors, and specialists from international organizations brought a dynamic take to Double Tax Agreements (DTA); speakers from every continent bar Antarctica joined the discussion! Capabuild facilitated a scope of perspectives, allowing participants and presenters to debate advice on DTAs from the United Nations, OECD and other countries from the global South. This South-South link proved profound as negotiators from Argentina, India, and Mercy Mbithi of our partner CFS empathized with the difficulties of being heard in global forums. Capabuild gives a voice to all views, and Deloitte and other private enterprises added their important perspectives on attracting foreign investment and level playing fields. Using case studies, breakout rooms, and a constant interactivity with the audience, the webinars have built on the expertise of the participating Indonesian Ministries, Capabuild and FETA, and we continue to work with them on ongoing projects.
Capabuild has built a close working relationship with FETA’s PKN Stan, a large Finance University. A collaborative approach led to the co-design of a series of webinars delivered to students, lecturers and observers from the civil service, justice system and community-based organizations. Our speakers provided a base understanding of current trends in global taxation and policies and sought to empower the students on the importance of tax to Indonesia’s development. Jointly we have conducted a wide range of successful webinars, including but not limited to a webinar asked the question ‘Tax avoidance in the digital era: a necessary evil?’ Capabuild’s in-house trainers presented on the topic while fielding questions and commenting on the survey responses of the audience of over 400. Another one covered the Arm’s Length Principle and asked the question, ‘is it here to stay?’ The webinar continued to reach a wide audience of future tax professionals. Another webinar focused on the question of ‘The OECD’s way of Taxing e-commerce; Yay or nay?’. ‘Tax us if you can’ was another webinar presented that brought in the contrasting observations of the Asian Development Bank, Indonesian civil society organizations and Capabuild trainers, as we continued the aim of empowering the global South to make autonomous decisions. The hundreds of participants across the webinar series will bring their understanding of global tax and its vital role into the rest of their studies, while adding to our understanding of how the next generation of Indonesians views their role. The interactive talk-show format, with trademark high production, diversity of views and high participant engagement allows us to better understand how well the training is received, the levels of understanding it improves, and the empowerment it provides. More recently, Capabuild conducted a very successful webinar on Pillar 1 and 2 with key experts from DG Tax, FETA, CFS and PKN Stan, with 700 participants joining via Zoom and over 1200 people via YouTube. We received detailed survey results of all the Zoom Participants that gave us a record rating of very well received by more than 90% of participants (based on PKN Stan survey results). We look forward to continuing to work on key tax issues with PKN Stan into the future.
Mining the Miners: "Is VAT the Right Option to Tax Crypto Assets?"
Capabuild was approached by the Indonesian Government’s Financial Education and Training Agency to work with their internal college PKN Stan to jointly give a webinar on Crypto Assets and Value Added Tax. The international team of trainers included experts from the Indonesian Tax Revenue Authority, and PKN Stan. The webinar provided insight into the Indian experience with VAT on Crypto Assets, and the European perspective on this topic. Large tech company Naspers Prosus’ Mergers and Acquisition specialist explained what they look for when scouting opportunities in the crypto space and what they view as an important role of governments guiding the crypt sector. The discussion covered what and where to tax, the platform, or the individual? The video is a summary of high lights of this popular webinar with over 200 attendants and over 1200 people participating via PKN Stan’s Youtube channel.