OECD: Tax – Global Forum on Transparency Groups More than Half the World
April 13th, 2011
April 13th, 2011
PARIS – With Ghana, Georgia and Nigeria joining in the past few weeks, the Global Forum on Transparency has now 101 members and expects more countries to join soon.
In response to the G20 Leaders’ call for countries to adopt international standards of transparency and information exchange in tax matters, the Global Forum was established under the umbrella of the OECD. Its work is to ensure full tax cooperation, adoption of the international standards including exchange of bank information, among its members through an in-depth peer review mechanism. The Global Forum has published 18 peer review reports and will complete another 40 by the next G20 Summit in Cannes in November.
“I welcome the continued expansion of the Global Forum which is now one of the most inclusive tax fora in the world”, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria. “As we approach the G20 and other high level meetings on development it is particularly appropriate that an increasing number of developing countries are looking to the Forum to help them improve transparency in their tax systems.
Noting that Ghana and Nigeria’s decision to join the Global Forum is proof that they see international tax co-operation as a means to securing their tax bases, Mike Rawston, Forum Chair, said “The Global Forum has already delivered key progress with all its members committing to the international standards on tax transparency, including putting an end to bank secrecy for tax purposes. It is now time for the Global Forum to work with developing countries so that they too can benefit from the changed international environment.”
The Global Forum is an inclusive organisation with all countries on an equal footing. It is chaired by Australia and China is the first vice-chair. The Plenary of the Global Forum will meet at the end of May in Bermuda.
More information on the work of the Global Forum is available at www.oecd.org/tax/transparency