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Nora Lustig Invited Panelist at 65th Organization of American States (OAS) Roundtable

February 26th, 2015

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Dr. Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, participated as an invited panelist in the 65th Organization of American States (OAS) Roundtable, “Regional Agenda for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A look into the Future.” The Roundtable was organized with the purpose of evaluating the current situation of economic, social, and cultural rights in the Americas. Also, the Roundtable provided an opportunity to discuss and analyze the advances in the implementation of the Protocol of San Salvador as well as its insertion in the Post 2015 Development Agenda. The event was held at the OAS Headquarters in Washington, DC and began at 3:00pm with welcoming remarks by H.E. Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the OAS. Below please find a detailed schedule of the event.

“For her part, Professor Lustig said that transparency in the formulation of public policies is critical to advancing the rights promoted by the PSS. In this regard, she said that in taxation it is important to know how much is paid and to whom in terms of income distribution. ‘In the discussion of tax reform is in the region this subject is never present,’ she warned.”

“Professor Lustig also said the region had 15 years of happiness due to economic growth in recent years. However, she said that to achieve greater equity it is necessary to review the systems of fiscal policy, and by way of example, criticized the impact of consumption taxes on sectors with fewer resources. ‘A demand that citizens should be making in tax matters is that fiscal policy should not impoverish the poor,’ she said.”

Read the full press release here.
Watch the video of the roundtable here.