WHO workshop on tobacco taxation in the Pacific
Place: Auckland, New ZealandDate:18-22 June 2012
The World Health Organization (WHO) held a workshop on tobacco taxation for selected Pacific Island countries in Auckland, New Zealand, on 18-22 June, 2012. The Ministries of Finance of six Pacific Island countries (the Federal State of Micronesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga) sent officials to participate in the training. The workshop was supported by the Australian Government Overseas Aid Programme (AusAID). The workshop was the sixth in a series of regional trainings held by WHO following similar tobacco tax workshops in Turkey, Kenya, Thailand, Philippines, and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The workshop aimed to strengthen the knowledge, technical and analytical capacity of Ministries of Finance officials with respect to tobacco tax systems; the impact of different types of tobacco taxes on the tobacco market; and associated implementation and administration issues. Ministries of Finance officials shared their country experiences and WHO experts discussed global best practices for implementing and administering sound tobacco tax systems. The participants analyzed their current tobacco tax systems and explored the ways of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of these systems - so that their Governments can generate higher revenues and also improve public health by making tobacco products less affordable through higher taxes/prices. The participants also developed country roadmaps for tobacco taxes and WHO is committed to working with Pacific Island countries to implement policies that improve economic development and public health across the Pacific.