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The world’s greatest forum for civil society, goverments and the private sector working together to fight corruption.

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Thursday, December 1 • 17:30 - 19:30
How Tax Havens Foster Corruption, Why Tax is a Relatively Minor Part of it, and How to Move Forwards

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This session would focus on three main aspects.

First, it would look at how tax havens fuel and contribute to corruption. On the one hand, they facilitate individual acts of corruption: bribery, embezzlement and so on. More importantly, the contribute to grand systemic corruption, which involves undermining the rules, systems and institutions that promote the public good, both at a national level and on a global level. It is essential to continue to expand the world’s anti-corruption attention and focus beyond the poorer ‘victim’ countries and towards a more economic, less geographical understanding, which will implicate the rich countries as central players. In this terrain, it’s a battle between and an alliance of the rich and powerful (in rich, middle and poor countries) versus the poorer folk (in all countries.) If we can further promote the idea that tax havens are corrupting rich countries, and that tax havens are mostly either rich countries or dependencies of rich countries, we can gain political momentum to help the victims in poorer countries too.

Second, this presentation would provide a short status update on the fast-emerging global initiatives to tackle the issues.

Third, it would have a specific focus on a major area where global attention is lacking: trusts, foundations and their like, which are creating tax haven-like refuges from laws and rules of society, feeding corruption and corrupting societies. This section would serve to underline the fact that tax havens are about so much more than tax.

Speakers
avatar for Andres Knobel

Andres Knobel

Tax Justice Network
Lawyer working on Tax Justice Network's Financial Secrecy Index, an assessment of the legal framework of more than 100 jurisdictions in terms of banking secrecy; beneficial ownership registration of companies, trusts, private foundations and partnerships; compliance with FATF AML Recommendations; online availability of accounts; etc. Other research work relates to automatic exchange of information under OECD’s CRS and FATCA, with a focus on... Read More →
avatar for Porter McConnell

Porter McConnell

Director, Financial Transparency Coalition
Porter McConnell is the Director of the Financial Transparency Coalition, a coalition of nonprofits, experts, and governments dedicated to curtailing illicit financial flows out of developing countries. She has worked at Oxfam America and the ONE campaign on issues ranging from global health to development finance to governance. Before coming to Washington, Porter was based in Bogotá, Colombia, where she built a network of... Read More →
avatar for Nick Shaxson

Nick Shaxson

Journalist and author of Treasure Islands
Nicholas Shaxson is a British writer, journalist and investigator. He is author of the acclaimed 2007 book Poisoned Wells: the Dirty Politics of African Oil, and, following completion of Treasure Islands in 2010, a journalist and part-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led group focused on tax and tax havens. In 2012 the International Tax Review named him as one of its “Global Tax... Read More →

Session Coordinator
avatar for Nick Shaxson

Nick Shaxson

Journalist and author of Treasure Islands
Nicholas Shaxson is a British writer, journalist and investigator. He is author of the acclaimed 2007 book Poisoned Wells: the Dirty Politics of African Oil, and, following completion of Treasure Islands in 2010, a journalist and part-time writer and researcher for the Tax Justice Network, an expert-led group focused on tax and tax havens. In 2012 the International Tax Review named him as one of its “Global Tax... Read More →

Rapporteur
avatar for Svetlana Savitskaya

Svetlana Savitskaya

Regional Manager - Europe and Central Asia, Transparency International



Thursday December 1, 2016 17:30 - 19:30
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