At the OECD we strive to produce better tax policies for better lives in a global context with numerous other significant institutions. In order to bring policy coherence and avoid duplication of effort we co-operate with international organisations including the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the European Union (they are observers to the Committee on Fiscal Affairs). We are also very proud of our partnerships with regional organisations, such as the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), the Interamerican Center of Tax Administration (CIAT), the Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA) and others. Together we disseminate global standards, and guidelines, including those developed by the OECD, explore the identification of good practices and make reforms happen. International Organisations are also a vehicle to provide input into our work form a global and regional perspective.
Particularly relevant is the International Tax Dialogue (ITD), a collaborative arrangement involving the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the IMF, the OECD, the World Bank Group and CIAT to encourage and facilitate discussion of tax matters among national tax officials, international organisations, and a range of other key stakeholders. The ITD maintains a substantive knowledge sharing platform and is responsible for organising global conferences to discuss issues of concern, such as Tax and Inequality, in India in December 2011. The Secretariat of the ITD is currently hosted by the OECD.
Extending institutionalised co-operation, the Task Force on Tax and Development brings together a range of stakeholders working in the field of tax and development. This includes OECD and developing countries, international and regional organisations, donors, NGOs and business. The Task Force recognises that taxation has implications that reach beyond the direct sphere of raising revenue. Taxation does, of course, provide governments with the funds needed to invest in development and, in the longer term, offers an antidote to aid dependence in the poorest countries. Taxation also shapes the business environment in which international trade and investment take place. A transparent and predictable fiscal environment provides a positive business climate. More broadly, taxation provides the key interface between the individual and the state. By stimulating the process of negotiation and bargaining between government and citizens, tax can contribute to more effective and accountable states as well as to better governance.
The Global Relations Programme provides the platform to bring all these stakeholders together. This programme of approximately 75 events per year constitutes a huge collaborative effort made possible by the contribution of donors, such as Japan and other OECD countries, including those hosting Multilateral Tax Centres (Austria, Hungary, Korea, Mexico and Turkey).
Direct links to our international partners:
Inter-American Development Bank
International Tax Dialogue
International Monetary Fund
Links to our Regional Partners:
African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF)
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA)
Inter-American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT)
Intra-European Organisation of Tax Administrations (IOTA)
Study Group on Asian Tax Administration and Research (SGATAR)