Exchange of information

Switzerland and the Global Forum Secretariat assist Tunisia for the implementation of automatic exchange of financial account information


21/01/2022 - On 21 January 2022, Switzerland, Tunisia and the Global Forum Secretariat launched a pilot project to assist Tunisia in the implementation of the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters (AEOI) during a high-level virtual meeting.

The AEOI pilot project follows Tunisia’s recent commitment to start automatic exchange by 2024. It will cover all aspects of the implementation of the AEOI standard, from setting up the legal framework to the use of the data received. This partnership will allow Tunisia to benefit from the legal and practical expertise of Switzerland, which has been exchanging automatically since 2018.

The meeting gathered Ms Fatiha Gharbi, Tunisia’s General Director of Taxes, Mr Marc Bugnon, Deputy Director of the Swiss Tax Administration, and Ms Zayda Manatta, Head of the Global Forum Secretariat. Participants discussed the key steps of the implementation of AEOI standard in terms of legal framework, confidentiality and administrative and IT capacities, and agreed on a timeframe for the implementation of the pilot project.

The European Union funds the support provided by the Global Forum Secretariat to Tunisia.

Background information:

The Global Forum is the leading multilateral body mandated to ensure that jurisdictions around the world adhere to and effectively implement both the exchange of information on request standard and the standard of automatic exchange of information. These objectives are achieved through a robust monitoring and peer review process. The Global Forum also runs an extensive capacity-building programme to support its members in implementing the standards and help tax authorities make the best use of cross-border information sharing channels.

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