Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes

Ten years of capacity building to advance tax transparency: landmark Global Forum report highlights successful activities

 

03/02/2022 – The 2022 Global Forum Capacity Building Report published today highlights ten years of successful capacity-building activities to support the global implementation of the two international standards on exchange of information on request (EOIR) and automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI). The report also provides an update on the Global Forum’s capacity-building programme and outreach activities carried out in 2021.

Key deliverables and major achievements include: 

  • 22 000 officials have been trained since 2011.

  • The 34 participants in the "Train the Trainer" pilot programme, launched in 2021 under the umbrella of the Africa Initiative, collectively trained more than 850 African officials.

  • Six news toolkits were published in 2020-21, helping jurisdictions navigate core aspects of the effective implementation of the standards on transparency and exchange of information (EOI)

  • Five e-learning courses have been issued since 2019 and already taken by 5 200 officials. 

Launched in 2011, the capacity-building programme expanded over the years to cover new areas and intensified to reflect the growing share of developing jurisdictions, which now make more than half of the Global Forum membership. Regional programmes initiated by the Global Forum and focused on Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Islands have significantly contributed to advance the transparency agenda since 2015, and a new Asia Initiative will start in 2022.

This work has had a great impact: 

The Global Forum capacity-building activities are empowering jurisdictions in their fight against tax evasion and other illicit financial flows, ultimately helping them enhance their domestic resource mobilisation. Globally, developing countries have identified at least EUR 30 billion through voluntary disclosure programmes and offshore tax investigations since 2009.

The Global Forum capacity-building programme is primarily funded by voluntary contributions and grants, through generous contribution from Australia, the European Union, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Senegal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Their continuous backing and trust are critical to the short and long-term support provided to developing jurisdictions.


For further information, journalists should contact Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, (+33 1 45 24 91 08) or Zayda Manatta, Head of the Global Forum Secretariat (+33 1 45 24 82 29).

 

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