Tax and Investment Legislation and Policy
Graeme assists governments, business organizations, and wider community representatives to develop and deliver legal and administrative reforms. He specializes in developing policy and legislative frameworks that support tax administration, incentives, investment strategy, investor entry and monitoring, extractive industries governance, and institutional strategy, organization, and governance. His focus is on improving the investment climate, reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens, and securing national revenues.
Greaeme is a lawyer (qualified in Scotland and Australia) and tax professional with 30 years' of broad-ranging legal experience in the private and public sectors. He has worked in many jurisdictions in Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, where he has advised finance and trade ministries, investment agencies, and national revenue authorities. He has worked with multilateral and donor institutions in a range of environments. He regularly engages with senior politicians and civil servants to deliver meaningful policy and legislation.
Areas of Expertise: tax policy and legislation, tax administration, revenue law, revenue administration, investment law and policy, business legal environment, investment climate review, investor entry and monitoring, incentives regimes, extractive industries governance, institutional strategy, legislative drafting, and institutional reform
Organizations Assisted: reform agencies – AusAID, Commonwealth, UK Department for International Development; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; European Commission; Foreign Investment Advisory Service (World Bank); Inter-American Development Bank; ICFA, International Finance Corporation (World Bank), International Monetary Fund; Nordic Development Fund; OECD; TradeMark East Africa; United Nations Development Programme; USAid, US Treasury Department – Office of Technical Assistance; World Bank, World Customs Organization
major project contractors – including ACIL, Adam Smith International, CKP, Crown Agents, DAI, Deloitte, Ecorys, Maxwell Stamp, Oxford Policy Management
Countries Assisted: Africa: Botswana | Burundi | Ethiopia | Niger | Nigeria | Somaliland | South Africa | Sudan | Sierra Leone | Uganda | Zambia; Americas: Bahamas | Haïti Middle East: Lebanon | Oman | Saudi Arabia Europe: United Kingdom; Asia: Bangladesh | Cambodia | Laos | Mongolia Pacific: Australia | Fiji | Papua New Guinea | Solomon Islands | Tonga | Vanuatu
Previous / Other Positions: Independent Consultant; Senior Policy Adviser and Tax & Legal Expert to Adam Smith International, London; Senior Associate, Oxford Policy Management Ltd, Oxford, United Kingdom; Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Brisbane, Australia
Education: Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Edinburgh (1987); Diploma in Legal Practice (DipLP), University of Edinburgh (1988); Master of Laws (LLM), University of London (current)
Qualifications: Solicitor, Scotland (1989); Barrister and Solicitor, Fiji Islands (1991); Solicitor, Queensland (2001); IMF: Qualified TADAT Assessor
Languages: English (native), French (excellent). French has been studied and examined at various Instituts & Alliances Françaises