Assessor Training Seminar: 27-29 October 2010


The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information held its second Assessor Training Seminar in London on 27-29 October 2010. This important event organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat was attended by 38 experts from tax authorities in 25 jurisdictions from around the globe.

These experts are now trained assessors for the Global Forum’s intensive reviews of jurisdictions’ mechanisms for international exchange of information to combat international tax evasion. The assessors are the backbone of the Global Forum’s work to review jurisdictions’ implementation of the agreed international standards for transparency and the exchange of information for tax purposes. The training seminar focussed on the key documents which underpin the Global Forum’s peer reviews:

This intensive seminar also focussed on experience from reviews already finalised as well as those currently underway. In particular, it included 1 day dedicated to group work on a practical exercise. At the conclusion of the seminar, participants said that it was an informative and stimulating program which prepares them well for their role as assessors. The seminar also provided participants an opportunity to network and meet others who are involved in the international sharing of information for tax purpose.


This second Assessor Training Seminar built on the experience of the first, held in March 2010. It is part of an ongoing series of such seminars designed to expand the global network of assessors trained and ready to participate in peer reviews for the Global Forum. 


The next seminar will be held in the first half of 2011.


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