Harmful tax practices

OECD Says Barbados Will not Appear on its Forthcoming List of Uncooperative Tax Havens


31/01/2002 - In a joint press release, the OECD and Barbados announced that Barbados will not appear on the OECD's forthcoming list of uncooperative tax havens.

The text of the release is as follows:

"Following detailed discussions since the release of the 2001 Progress Report , Barbados and the OECD are pleased to announce that, for the reasons specified below, Barbados will not appear on the forthcoming list of uncooperative tax havens. These discussions have shown that Barbados has transparent tax and regulatory systems and has in place a mechanism that enables it to engage in effective exchange of information.

"Barbados has long-standing information exchange arrangements with other countries, which are found by its treaty partners to operate in an effective manner. Barbados is also willing to enter into tax information exchange arrangements with those OECD Member countries with which it currently does not have such arrangements. Barbados has in place established procedures with respect to transparency. Moreover, recent legislative changes made by Barbados have enhanced the transparency of its tax and regulatory rules.

"Both Barbados and the OECD acknowledge the importance of dialogue in addressing international tax issues. Barbados has played an important role in fostering such dialogue. Both parties look forward to a continuing and constructive dialogue on issues of mutual interest."

For further information, journalists are invited to contact Lynnette Eastmond, Ministry of Economic Development, Barbados (tel. [246] 430-2200) or Nicholas Bray, OECD"s Media Relations Division (tel. [33] 1 45 24 80 90).

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