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Published 14th August 2009, 9:10am

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) added the Cayman Islands to its ‘white list’ of jurisdictions that substantially implement international tax standards.

The Cayman Islands recognition came about after the country signed its twelfth Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with New Zealand, on 13 August 2009.

Leader of Government Business/Premier Designate, the Honourable McKeeva Bush said: "For over four decades the Cayman Islands has steadily earned its place as a world-class international financial services centre. The Cayman Islands Government sees the OECD’s recognition as a natural outcome of the country’s substantial commitment to uphold an equally world-class international cooperation regime in the exchange of tax information."

Jeffrey Owens, Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, welcomed the signing which puts Cayman Islands "alongside other countries that have substantially implemented the internationally agreed tax standard."

Mr Bush added: "The Cayman Islands Government is looking forward to working in partnership with competent authorities in implementing agreements it has signed, concluding additional agreements with Cayman’s important trading partners in financial services and continuing its active role in the OECD Global Forum, to which it committed to in 2000."

Mr Bush concluded that this move to advance the country's various global commitments in the area of international cooperation and regulation is part of the recently-elected United Democratic Party's manifesto pledge to enhance and protect the industry.


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