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France Publishes Revised 2012 'Black List'

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, April 26, 2012

French Finance Minister François Baroin and Budget Minister Valérie Pécresse have recently updated the country’s ‘black list’ of countries deemed to be ‘uncooperative’ in tax matters. Read Full Story


Korea Boosts Links With Pacific Islands

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A number of tax information exchange agreements were due signed at the first Korea-Pacific Islands Foreign Ministers' Meeting, held recently in the Korean capital Seoul, where ministers met to discuss enhancing cooperation in various spheres. Read Full Story


Offshore Banking Body Rebrands

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Monday, April 11, 2011

Having broadened its role as a representative on behalf of numerous offshore financial centres in issues pertaining to financial sector regulation and best standards, the Offshore Group of Banking Supervisors has decided to rebrand itself the 'Group of International Finance Centre Supervisors’. Read Full Story


Canada, Switzerland Improve Tax Agreement

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Canadian government has announced the signing of a protocol to the existing double tax agreement it has concluded with Switzerland, and the commencement of negotiations for the signing of tax information exchange agreements with the Cook Islands and Vanuatu. Read Full Story


More Consultation Needed On PACER-Plus

Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Friday, October 22, 2010

A meeting of a wide range of stakeholders, including ministers, non-government organisations and businesses, has decided that much more regional consultation will be required on the proposed PACER Plus free trade agreement. Read Full Story


OECD White-Lists The Philippines

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has moved the Philippines to the list of jurisdictions that are considered to have ‘substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard’. Read Full Story


OECD Promotes Multilateral TIEAs

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has developed a new approach to negotiating tax information exchange agreements involving multilateral negotiations, in order to assist developing countries with resource constraints. Read Full Story



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