The Global Forum is the continuation of a forum which was created in the early 2000s in the context of the OECD’s work to address the risks to tax compliance posed by non-cooperative jurisdictions. The original members of the Global Forum consisted of OECD countries and jurisdictions that had agreed to implement transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes. The Global Forum was restructured in September 2009 in response to the G20 call to strengthen implementation of these standards.

The Global Forum now has 135 members on equal footing and is the premier international body for ensuring the implementation of the internationally agreed standards of transparency and exchange of information in the tax area. Through an in-depth peer review process, the restructured Global Forum monitors that its members fully implement the standard of transparency and exchange of information they have committed to implement. It also works to establish a level playing field, even among countries that have not joined the Global Forum. 

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» 7 July 2016: The 5th Global Forum Competent Authories Conference took place on 7-8 July 2016 in Mauritius

» 28 June 2016: The Dominican Republic and Nauru become the 97th and 98th jurisdictions to join the most powerful instrument against offshore tax evasion and avoidance (version française)

» 22 June 2016: Maria José Garde appointed as Global Forum Chair as of 1 January 2017

» 16 June 2016: Paraguay joins the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

» 1 June 2016: Brazil, Jamaica and Uruguay expand their capacity to fight international tax avoidance and evasion (version française / Spanish version / Portuguese version)

» 25 May 2016: Global tax and transparency: We have the tools, now we must make them work 

» 17 May 2016: The second EOIR Training Seminar for the second round of peer reviews took place in London on 9-13 May 2016. Read more

» 11 May 2016: Bahrain, Lebanon, Nauru, Panama and Vanuatu have now committed to the international standard of automatic exchange of financial account information to tackle tax evasion and avoidance (Spanish version / French version)

» 19 April 2016: Joint statement on the fight against illicit financial flows, by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Thabo Mbeki, Chair of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa (également disponible en français)

» 18 April 2016: A "Last Mile" Regional Seminar on Effective EOI, took place in Peru on 18-20 April 2016. Read more

» 14 April 2016: Concrete actions needed to advance global tax transparency (also see the report to the G20)

» 5 April 2016: An EOI Training Seminar for the second round of peer reviews took place in Singapore on 4-8 April 2016. Read more

» 4 April 2016: Statement from the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría on the "Panama Papers"

» 14 March 2016: New Global Forum peer reviews highlight ever-increasing compliance with tax transparency standards

» 9 July 2015: The EU Commission on June 17, made an announcement regarding third party non-cooperative jurisdictions. In response, Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and Monica Bhatia, Head of the Global Forum Secretariat sent a letter to all Global Forum members. The Global Forum Secretariat has now produced a simple fact sheet which brings together in one place the tax transparency measures taken by the jurisdictions on the "pan-EU list". It shows the very significant progress that most of these jurisdictions have made in implementing the international standards

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