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Nine French Regional Councils Ask for Country-by-Country Reporting from Financial Partners
August 4th, 2011
The nine regional councils will ask for country by country reports from their banks and insurers. This will include the following details: Name and number of subsidiaries; numbers of staff employed; profits and amounts of taxes paid. This information should be provided by the company six months after its annual report is published. This information is invaluable in calculating whether a company is paying its fair share of tax in each country. The precedent this sets is very important as the EU is currently considering introducing country by county reporting. The Comite Catholique Contre La Faim et Pour Le...
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London G-20 Summit: a progress report one year after the event
April 22nd, 2010
Our colleagues at CCFD-Terre Solidaire in France have prepared a progress report (in French) on what has changed since the G-20 Summit in London last year. Sadly, it does not make for happy reading. The report addresses 12 questions, as follows:
  1. Have we seen the end of tax havens?
  2. What purpose have the OECD black and grey lists served?
  3. Are tax authorities able to tackle evaders more easily?
  4. Is G-20 capable of publishing a full and proper list of tax havens?
  5. What have been major success stories for tax authorities since...
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GFI Condemns Harassment of Cameroonian Journalist
July 6th, 2009
Task Force member Global Financial Integrity echoed the sentiments of other civil society organizations today, including Task Force member Tax Justice Network, in condemning the harassment of Cameroonian journalist Jean-Bosco Talle for his part in fighting corruption in the West African nation. From GFI's statement:

Following publication of the report “Biens mal acquis” or “Ill-Gotten Gains,” by the French non-profit organization Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development (CCFD) last month, Mr. Talla, editor of the Cameroonian newspaper Germinal, has been harassed and his life has been threatened. The report presents estimates for...

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Cameroon: Paul Biya and Co
July 6th, 2009
The history of the Republic of Cameroon, an oil-rich Central African country, embodies the typical post-decolonization cycle. Paul Biya, President of the Republic of Cameroon came to power in 1982 with the tacit support of the international community. In 2008, he managed to modify Cameroon’s constitution and is now quasi president for life. According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, Paul Biya’s regime is one of the most corrupt in the world. It even received the title of “world’s most corrupt country” in 1998 and 1999. Cameroon has long been on the radar of most development aid...
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