Public lecture by Professor Suahasil Nazara

2017 11 02 - Public lecture by Suahasil Nazara

Tax reform in Indonesia presented by Professor Suahasil Nazara


Professor Suahasil Nazara presented a public lecture titled Tax reform to accelerate Indonesian economic growth at ANU on 2 November 2017.

Indonesia’s total tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio has been declining since 2012 and now stands as one of the lowest in the region. Studies have shown that tax reform can help accelerating economic growth. But despite a series of reforms since the 1990s, the progress has been slow. The fact that revenue can no longer rely on oil and gas and the low tax compliance in general contribute to this lackluster development. The recent tax amnesty program has helped increased the revenue and tax compliance, but challenges remain. In this public lecture, Professor Suahasil Nazara discusses the strategies the Ministry of Finance is undertaking in order to improve the tax compliance. In particular, he talks about four key aspects of tax reform, namely the regulation, IT support, human resources and business process.

Professor Suahasil Nazara is the Chairman of the Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) at the Ministry of Finance, Republic of Indonesia. He is also a key economic advisor to the Indonesian Minister of Finance Dr Sri Mulyani Indrawati. He has served in different capacities in the Indonesian government including as the Vice Chairman of Supervising Committee of the Indonesian Decentralization Watch (KPPOD), Policy Coordinator at the Secretariat of the National Team of Poverty Reduction Acceleration (TNP2K) at the Office of the Vice President, and a member of the National Economic Committee (DEN). He is an economics professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia. Professor Nazara holds a PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Organised by ANU Indonesia Project, this event was attended by approximately 70 people, of which most are government officers from Indonesia and Australia including the Indonesian Embassy, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, The Treasury, academics and postgraduate students.

Download the public lecture’s presentation (in pdf) and listen to the podcast.