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Joint Chamber Event: Executive Research on Illicit Trade and How it Affects Hong Kong
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Joint Chamber Event: Executive Research on Illicit Trade and How it Affects Hong Kong

In recent weeks, media reported law enforcement officials making multiple multi-million seizures of illicit goods including drugs, contraband cigarettes, endangered species, and a wide range of counterfeit goods.

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Where: The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
1904 Bank of America Tower
12 Harcourt Road
Hong Kong
Contact: Amanda Ho

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About the Event:

Cross border criminal syndicates are often behind illicit trade.  This growing illicit market is becoming increasingly problematic for Hong Kong.  It is a source of violent crime, economic losses, and counterfeit smuggling.  It also poses a threat to Hong Kong’s international reputation as Asia’s World City.

The key to tackle this growing problem includes a good understanding of the scope of the problem, the forces that drive it and the courage to acknowledge the problem. Oxford Economics and the International Tax and Investment Center will provide an executive briefing to chamber members and key stakeholders on their international research on the illicit tobacco issue, and exchange public policy ideas.

Panelists will share their insights on best practices used to tackle illicit tobacco trade around the world, and the need for actions by all sectors of society.
About the Speakers:


Adrian Cooper
Chief Executive Officer
Oxford Economics  

Adrian Cooper is responsible for coordinating and managing Oxford Economics’ global economic analysis, forecasting and consultancy activities, and overseeing its team based in Oxford, London, Belfast, Paris, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Singapore and the UAE. He has led Oxford Economics’ work on a wide array of consultancy projects, ranging from policy advice to government departments in Europe, the US, Africa and Asia to detailed analysis of the drivers of illicit trade in tobacco and their implications for tax policy (working extensively with ITIC). 

Adrian spent the first seven years of his career with HM Treasury, England. During this time, he worked on the analysis of tax and other economic policy changes as part of the preparations for the UK Budget. He was also the coordinator of the government's macroeconomic forecast for two years. Adrian was educated at the University of Bristol, England, where he gained a first class degree in Economics; and at the London School of Economics and Political Science, England, where he achieved a distinction in the MSc in Economics and won the Ely Devons prize for outstanding performance in the degree examinations. 


Elizabeth Allen
Program Advisor
International Tax and Investment Center

Elizabeth (Liz) Allen, a graduate of Bristol University, has over 35 years of management, operational and policy experience with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (UK – HMRC) and previously with HM Customs and Excise. Her senior civil service positions included responsibility for the Alcohol and Tobacco Fraud Review, Excise and Inland Customs Compliance Strategy, implementation of the Excise Movement and Control System and responsibility for the administration of Environmental Taxes. Liz also worked on Customs Policy and Prosecutions.  She has wide ranging experience in working with colleagues from other governments and with private sector stakeholders. Since retiring from HMRC in March 2009, Liz has chaired or been team member of four Major Projects Authority "Starting Gate” policy delivery reviews across four UK Government Departments.

From September 2010 to June 2011, Liz led a successful EU-funded review of the illicit trade in excisable products in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). She also facilitated workshops on excise tax policy, administration and enforcement for senior revenue and customs officials in the SADC region. She has been an advisor to the Nigeria Customs Service on development of their Strategic Organizational Plan in 2012 and delivered seminars on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products to senior officials in Vietnam and Thailand in 2013.

She is the author of the first edition of "The Illicit Tobacco Trade and How to Tackle It” and the "Guidebook to the Successful Introduction of a Specific Excise Tax on Alcohol Beverages” both published by ITIC in 2011. Liz has chaired two international anti-illicit trade/shadow economy conferences in 2009 and 2013. Liz has spoken at many international conferences on excise tax related topics and delivered training on "Overcoming Administrative Challenges,” "Taxpayer as Customer” and "Strategic Organizational Development and Implementation” to international senior civil servants.

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