Launch of the book by Michael Keen on Environmental Taxation in Developing Countries

February 27, 2024, En ligne

The MRIP platform organised a webinar to launch Michael Keen's book, 'Taxation and the Environment: An Overview of Key Issues for Developing Countries'. The book was funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and published by FERDI.

The event features a presentation and discussion of the book's key messages, with the author and a panel of experts, institutions, and practitioners actively engaged in addressing these issues.  This session aims to explore these topics from both theoretical and practical angles, fostering a rich and constructive exchange on the issues addressed.  

About the book

This book explores the conceptual underpinnings, execution, and policy aspects of environmental tax reforms in developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. It assesses the effects of tax and customs policies on the environmental challenges confronting these countries, aiming to outline directions for an improved tax and customs framework. The manuscript offers advice for governments and the global community, particularly concerning the political endorsement of environmental tax reforms.


 Moderation: Grégoire Rota-Graziosi, University Professor, CERDI-UCA and Co-manager of the Taxation for Developement program, FERDI.

2pm - 2.10pm: Opening and introductory remarks by Shanti Bobin, Deputy Director in charge of Multilateral Financial Affairs and Development (Multifin), French Treasury

2.10pm - 2.30pm: Presentation of the book by its author, Michael Keen, Ushioda Fellow, Tokyo College, University of Tokyo et Senior fellow, Ferdi

2.30pm - 3.10pm: Panellists' comments in response to the presentation of the book and discussions between panellists 

3.10pm - 3.30pm: Discussion with the online audience


Stéphane Hallegatte, Senior Advisor on Climate Change, World Bank

Laurent Biddiscombe, Deputy Executive Director, Sustainable Development Solutions, Agence Française de Développement - AFD

 A representative of the administration from a Sub-Saharan country. 

Replay of the webinar