Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

Global Forum secretariat holds virtual conference on the availability of beneficial ownership information


15/04/2020 - A virtual conference on the availability of information on beneficial owners of legal entities and arrangements and bank accounts was organised by the Global Forum secretariat. The conference, held on 8 and 14 April, brought together 79 delegates from nine countries (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and Togo) and two regional organisations, namely the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) and the Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA). In view of the success of this conference for French-speaking countries, a new session will soon be organised for English-speaking countries.

The Global Forum jointly published a Beneficial Ownership Implementation Toolkit with the Inter-American Development Bank in March 2019.

During the COVID-19 health crisis, the Global Forum secretariat continues to work to strengthen the capacity of its members. New virtual workshops will be organized in the coming weeks on different themes related to exchange of information.

The Global Forum is the leading multilateral body mandated to ensure that jurisdictions around the world adhere to and effectively implement both the standard of transparency and exchange of information on request 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 technical assistance 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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