Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes › 6th Global Forum Assessor Training Seminar: 9-11 December 2013
The sixth Global Forum’s Assessor Training Seminar was held on 9-11 December 2013 in Ajman, United Arab Emirates. The seminar was attended by 61 experts from 27 jurisdictions spanning jurisdictions from Europe, Asia and America. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Finance of United Arab Emirates as part of their two year Memorandum of Understanding.
The seminar was aimed at preparation of new assessors for the Global Forum peer review process with special focus on Phase 2 reviews concerning practical implementation of the assessed jurisdiction’s legal framework in the field of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes. The seminar covered issues including the international standard for exchange of information, the peer review Terms of Reference, methodology of peer reviews, assessment criteria and skills necessary for assessors. The three day seminar comprised 14 sessions including two case studies. The group of participants included officials with different backgrounds and from different administrative positions varying from senior management to officials operating in the field. Despite these differences all participants showed great level of interest in the work of the Global Forum and good understanding of the peer review process and its challenges.
Ajman, 12 December 2013
While opening the seminar, Mr. Khalid Ali Al Bustani Assistant Undersecretary of International Financial Relations Sector reiterated UAE's commitment with regards to international tax standards of the exchange of tax information and outlined steps UAE had taken to strengthen their commitment including establishment of a unit for the exchange of tax information in accordance with international standards and the expansion of a network of agreements pertaining to double taxations and exchange of tax information.The seminar was also attended by Mr. Majid Ali Omran, Director of International Financial and Mr. Walid Khalil Al Hashimi, Director General of the Financial and Administrative Affairs Department in Ajman.
The seminar was a success making new trained assessors available for the upcoming Phase 2 peer reviews. The training also provided an valuable guidance for preparations for a successful peer review for member jusirdictions who have peer reviews coming up in particular, for delegates from new several new member jurisdictions such as Azerbaijan, Romania and Ukraine.
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