Further to the fall of the Berlin wall, the OECD's Centre for Co-operation with the European Economies in Transition, with the support of the Committee on Fiscal Affairs, launched the network of MTCs, with Centres in Vienna, Budapest and Copenhagen.
The intention was to secure a revenue base for a successful move to a market economy for Central and Eastern European countries, after the dismantling of the USSR, and to increase the level of expertise and the number of officials dealing with tax policy, tax administration and the management of complex new tax systems.
The programme was managed initially by the Outreach Unit of the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, which then became a division when the network expanded world-wide.
The first multilateral event took place in Vienna on 25 February 1992.
The expansion of the network
In 1993 the network was extended to Ankara, to assist senior officials of the Southern Newly Independent States and Mongolia.
In 1997, shortly after becoming a member, Korea opened a MTC given the ever-growing importance of the Asian region in the world economy.
Shortly after, in 1998, the Copenhagen centre was closed and its activities subsequently organised across the MTCs of Ankara, Budapest and Vienna.
In October 2004, a new MTC was established in Mexico for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
In 2016, the network of MTCs strengthened further its presence in Asia by establishing a Multilateral Tax Centre in Yangzhou - China.
Overall goal of the network
The workshop provided a good foundation for the participating tax officials to further develop their knowledge, to share what they learned with their colleagues at home and to take part in future Global Relations events. Participants showed an enthusiasm for continued dialogue with the OECD and looked forward to further benefiting from OECD materials and events.
To support domestic resource mobilisation (DRM) in emerging and developing economies by building more robust tax systems and administrations.
Governance and external evaluation
The programme is subject to the oversight of the Advisory Group for Co-operation with Partner Economies, which reports to the CFA.
The Independent Evaluation Service (IES) administered by the Canada Revenue Agency, provides objective third-party written evaluations of the Programme.