13/02/2023 – The 2023 Global Forum Capacity Building Report published today sheds light on the Global Forum’s capacity-building and outreach activities carried out throughout 2022 in support of the global implementation of the tax transparency standards (exchange of information on request (EOIR) and automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI)).
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.
Key deliverables and major achievements include:
The Global Forum Secretariat continued its outreach efforts towards ministers, heads of tax administration and senior officials from jurisdictions and development partners in 2022 to advance the global tax transparency agenda. This work accelerated the transparency agenda, with significant developments in multiple jurisdictions:
The Global Forum expanded its regional initiatives in 2022, with the launch of the Asia Initiative following the successful implementation of regional programmes in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Islands. These initiatives hastened the involvement of regional organisations and national tax authorities, ultimately helping countries tackle tax evasion and avoidance in support of domestic revenue mobilisation. In addition, the Secretariat invested in new programmes to address two major challenges faced by Global Forum members: 1) turnover in workforce and 2) gender equality. The Train the Trainer and Women Leaders in Tax Transparency programmes, aimed at improving knowledge and favouring skills transfer in member jurisdictions, had a great impact:
The Global Forum capacity-building programme is primarily funded by voluntary contributions and grants, through generous contribution from 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 are invited to contact Grace Perez-Navarro (+33 1 45 24 18 80), Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, or Zayda Manatta (+33 1 45 24 82 29), Head of the Global Forum Secretariat.