Pakistan signs agreements for Automatic Exchange of Information

ISLAMABAD, June 7 (APP): Pakistan Ambassador to France, Moin ul Haq, on
behalf of Pakistan Government signed Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD’s) for the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit (BEPS) at OECD headquarter, Paris on Wednesday.
Around 70 countries simultaneously signed this Convention today in the
OECD Centre in the presence of Secretary General OECD, Angel Gurria, Pakistan embassy, Paris said.
Speaking after the ceremony, the Ambassador said that Pakistan now will
be part of global efforts to develop solutions to close the gaps in tax treaties that allow corporate profits to be artificially shifted to low or no tax jurisdictions. Besides, Pakistan will also receive consistent support and guidelines from OECD to implement BEPS’s standards to counter harmful tax practices and tax treaty abuses.
Moin ul Haque said the signing of the Multilateral Instrument was yet
another step of the incumbent to adopt international best practices in the field of tax matters and to join the multilateral fight against tax evasion through continuous and mutual exchange of information.
While counting the steps taken by the government to infuse financial
transparency in Pakistan, the Ambassador said that Pakistan has already joined ‘Open Government partnership’ (OPG) in December, 2016, and also signed OECD’s Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters in September, 2016. Pakistan has lately signed revised Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation with Switzerland in March, 2017. These steps, he added, were reflective of the government’s firm commitment to a transparent and accountable governance structure in the country.
Earlier, Pakistan signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement
on Automatic Exchange of Financial Accounts (MCAA). The MCAA was signed by Mohammad Iqbal, chief (International Taxes), FBR. The signing was overseen by the Ambassador and Deputy Secretary General, OECD, Douglas Franz. The signing ceremony was attended by senior OECD officials of Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of information for Tax purpose.