India tax regime / New Zealand foreign trusts / Myanmar civil service

India business group says Goods and Services tax curbs corruption.  With over 22 states dismantling inter-state check posts after the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on July 1, an Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (ASSOCHAM) analysis finds that there has been a significant reduction of 24 to 36 hours in trucking time, apart from saving fleet owners Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 7,500 per trip by way of bribes at the check posts.

TI New Zealand applauds the decline in foreign trusts.  Government implementation of tougher disclosure requirements for foreign trusts has produced a significant drop in registrations, from 11,675 registered foreign trusts in April last year to only 3,000 as of the 1 July deadline.

Myanmar ruling party civil service reforms aim to fight corruption.  The National League for Democracy government’s civil service reform strategic action plan (2017-2020) puts a strong focus on tackling corruption and working toward decentralization, while encouraging ethical practices in the civil service.

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