INTERNATIONAL TAXATION CONFERENCE
ANNUAL CONFERENCE – PROGRAMME AND PRESENTATIONS

This page contains copies of the slide presentations of conference speakers and handout materials provided by them. An audio/video CD recording of the entire conference is sent to each delegate after the conference.

2003 CONFERENCE – DECEMBER 5 – 6, 2003 – MUMBAI

Day 1
09.00 – 10.00 Registration & Coffee
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome to the conference
Devender Nath (President, BMA)
Roy Rohatgi 
(Conference Director)
Session One
INTERNATIONAL TAX PRINCIPLES
Chairman Sohrab Dastur, Senior Advocate, India
10.15 – 11.45 Special Speaker- Professor Jacques Sasseville, Head of Tax Treaty Unit, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, France
Interpretation of International Tax Treaties
(Presentation & Questions)
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11.45– 12.15 Conference Chairman
Professor Klaus Vogel,
 University of Munich, Germany
Tax Treaty Interpretations – Some Current Issues

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12.15 – 12.45 Discussion and Questions
12.45 – 13.00 Session Chairman’s Remarks
Vote of Thanks : Porus Kaka, 
Practising Tax Lawyer, India
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Session Two
OVERSEAS TAX PLANNING
Chairman Nishith Desai, Nishith Desai Associates, India
14.00 – 14.40 Roger Wheeler, Chief Tax Officer, General Motors Corporation,
United States
International Tax Planning Issues in a Large Multinational Company

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14.40 – 15.20 Ludovic Verbist, Managing Director, A.A.M.I.L. Ltd, Mauritius
Luxembourg as a Base for International Tax Planning

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15.20 – 16.00 Shanker Iyer, Managing Partner, Shanker Iyer & Company, Singapore
International Tax Planning under Singapore Domestic Law and Treaties

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16.00 – 16.30 Discussion and Questions
Vote of Thanks : R K Chopra, Executive Director, Bombay Management Association, India
16.30 – 17.00 Tea
17.00 – 17.40 Uday Gujadhur, Association of Offshore Management Companies, Mauritius
Mauritius as a Base for International Mutual Funds
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17.40 – 18.45 Presentations on Mauritius Global Business organized by the Financial Services Promotion Agency in the presence of Hon. Sushil Khushiram, Minister for Economic Development, Financial Services and Corporate Affairs, Government of Mauritius
18.45 – 22.00 Cocktails and Dinner (Sponsored by the Financial Services Promotion Agency, Mauritius)


THE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME – 2003
December 6, 2003

Day 2
9.00 – 10.00 Special Session – Panel Discussion
Recent India-Mauritius Supreme Court Ruling – Dinesh Kanabar
10.00– 10.30 Coffee
Session Three
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Chairman Dinesh Kanabar, Partner, RSM & Co., India
10.30 – 11.10 David Partington, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris (France)
Recent OECD Developments in International Taxation
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11.10 – 11.50 William Byrnes, Director, St. Thomas University School of Law, United States
Information Sharing and Tax Information Exchange Agreements in the United States

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11.50 – 12.30 Rashmin Sanghvi, Partner, Rashmin Sanghvi Associates, India.
Relevance of the Vienna Convention on the Interpretation of Treaties in Taxation
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12.30 – 13.00 Discussion & Questions
Vote of Thanks : Mr. Sanjay Grover, 
Partner, Ernst & Young Private Limited, India
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Session Four
TAX TREATY INTERPRETATIONS
Chairman Vijay Mathur, Director General – International Taxation, Government of India
14.00 – 14.40 Mukesh Butani , Country Tax Partner, Ernst & Young Private Limited, India
Tax Treaty Interpretations in India

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14.40 – 15.20 Ronald Haigh, International Tax Partner, Deloitte & Touche, United Kingdom
Tax Treaty Interpretations in the United Kingdom
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15.20 – 16.00 Walter Raineri, Partner, Fenwick & West, United States
Tax Treaty Interpretations in the United States
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16.00 – 16.30 Discussion and Questions
Vote of Thanks: T P Ostwal, Partner, Ostwal, Desai & Kothari, India
16.30 – 17.00 Tea
17.00 – 18.30 Discussion – Domestic Law or International Law – What should prevail in tax treaty interpretations?
A panel discussion chaired by the conference chairman, Professor Klaus Vogel and led by the special speaker, Jacques Sasseville, along with other conference speakers
18.30 – 18.45 Concluding Remarks – Roy Rohatgi (Conference Director)
Vote of Thanks – Kewal Handa (Vice President, BMA)
19.00 – 21.00 Dinner (Sponsored by ITC Grand Maratha Sheraton Hotel)