October 23, 2008
Monique Perry Danziger, +1 202 293 0740 ext. 222
WASHINGTON, DC – Member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) met in Paris, France Tuesday for the “Conference on the Fight Against International Tax Evasion and Avoidance: Improving Transparency and Stepping-Up Exchange of Information in Tax Matters.”
During the conference German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck called for Switzerland’s addition to the OECD “blacklist” of uncooperative tax havens, while French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for tax havens to be banned.
The anti tax-haven sentiment expressed Tuesday is expected to set the tone for the upcoming UN Financing for Development Conference convening at the end of November in Doha to asses implementation of the 2001 Monterrey Consensus.