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Ulster Researchers Face Taxing Problems in Egypt

3 January 2010

A team of researchers from the University of Ulster are set to transform Egypt’s outdated tax system.

Dr William McCluskey and Dr Peadar Davis from the School of the Built Environment will be working with international consultants Booz and Co. to help implement ambitious economic reform and systematic transformation of tax administration.

They will be undertaking preliminary research into the property market and appraisal system as well as providing technical support, knowledge transfer and training programmes to support the project.

Dr McCluskey said: “This project forms part of major economic reform designed to radically modernise Egypt’s outdated property tax system and bring it into line with standards of international best practice

"One member of the team, Dr Peadar Davis, has already helped design an implementation framework which will be initially introduced in Cairo before being rolled out throughout the rest of the country.”

This project sees the University of Ulster team continue to provide innovative solutions to property tax issues in developing countries.

Other recent international collaborations have included work in Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, the Philippines, Kosovo and Mauritius.

Dr McCluskey added: “Helping policy makers produce better policy is a key element and to help policy delivery. Our work in property tax policy in developing countries has the capacity to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

"We look forward to making a positive contribution to the policies and practices in Egypt.”