The Global Forum is the continuation of a forum which was created in the early 2000s in the context of the OECD’s work to address the risks to tax compliance posed by non-cooperative jurisdictions. The original members of the Global Forum consisted of OECD countries and jurisdictions that had agreed to implement transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes. The Global Forum was restructured in September 2009 in response to the G20 call to strengthen implementation of these standards.

The Global Forum now has 133 members on equal footing and is the premier international body for ensuring the implementation of the internationally agreed standards of transparency and exchange of information in the tax area. Through an in-depth peer review process, the restructured Global Forum monitors that its members fully implement the standard of transparency and exchange of information they have committed to implement. It also works to establish a level playing field, even among countries that have not joined the Global Forum. 

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» 20 April 2016: The Global Forum is recruiting tax policy analysts. Click to read the job description

» 19 April 2016: Joint statement on the fight against illicit financial flows, by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and Thabo Mbeki, Chair of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa (également disponible en français)

» 18 April 2016: A "Last Mile" Regional Seminar on Effective EOI, took place in Peru on 18-20 April 2016. Read more

» 14 April 2016: Concrete actions needed to advance global tax transparency (also see the report to the G20)

» 5 April 2016: An EOI Training Seminar for the second round of peer reviews took place in Singapore on 4-8 April 2016. Read more

» 4 April 2016: Statement from the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría on the "Panama Papers"

» 23 March 2016: The Global Forum organised an AEOI Implementation Seminar which took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 21-23 March 2016

» 14 March 2016: New Global Forum peer reviews highlight ever-increasing compliance with tax transparency standards

» 29 February 2016: This Global Forum Progress Report was submitted to the G20 Finance Ministers at their meeting in Shanghai on 26-27 February 201

» 19 February 2016:  An AEOI Implementation Seminar took place in Canberra, Australia on 16-18 February 2016 

» 8 February 2016: Kenya becomes the 94th jurisdiction to join the most powerful multilateral instrument against offshore tax evasion and avoidance

» 8 February 2016: Chad and Guyana join the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

» 4 February 2016: Senegal takes key steps towards improving tax transparency (version française)

» 30 October 2015: Press release of the 8th Global Forum Meeting - Global Forum on tax transparency pushes forward international co-operation against tax evasion 

» 9 July 2015: The EU Commission on June 17, made an announcement regarding third party non-cooperative jurisdictions. In response, Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and Monica Bhatia, Head of the Global Forum Secretariat sent a letter to all Global Forum members. The Global Forum Secretariat has now produced a simple fact sheet which brings together in one place the tax transparency measures taken by the jurisdictions on the "pan-EU list". It shows the very significant progress that most of these jurisdictions have made in implementing the international standards

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