UK Overseas Territories


Overseas territories of OECD Member countries are not members of the OECD in their own right, but some of them are covered by the OECD Convention.

 This is the case for the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Bermuda.

This is not the case for any other UK overseas territories, including the British Virgins, the Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.  

 When the United Kingdom ratified the OECD Convention on 2 May 1961, it did not specify what territorial application should be given to the Convention. To clarify this situation, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in France wrote as follows to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Roland Dumas on 20 July 1990:

"... I have the honour to draw your attention to the Convention on Economic Co-operation and Development signed in Paris on 14th December 1960 and ratified by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on 2nd May 1961, and to inform you that the United Kingdom Government hereby certifies that the said Convention applies to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Bermuda. I am addressing a copy of this letter to the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...".

 The Head of the UK Delegation to the OECD also wrote to the Secretary-General as follows: "... We have formally transmitted [ the above ] declaration to the Government of France (...). Accordingly, I can confirm that future decisions and recommendations adopted by the Organisation under Article 5 of the Convention shall extend to those territories specified in the Declaration unless the contrary is specifically indicated in a particular case. Furthermore, the obligations to which the UK has subscribed under past decisions and recommendations, including those in the Codes of Liberalisation, will also apply to those territories under the same conditions as currently apply to the UK...".   


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