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EU group recommends Bahamas’ removal from blacklist

The European Union Code of Conduct Group has officially recommended The Bahamas’ removal from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Pictured: (from left) Tamika Thompson; Deidre Henfield; Minister Lanisha Rolle; Acting Permanent Secretary Cora Bain-Colebrooke; Katherine Stewart-Marsh. (Photo courtesy BIS)

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The European Union Code of Conduct Group has officially recommended The Bahamas’ removal from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.

The government received confirmation of this in writing on April 17, 2018 from the Secretariat of the Code of Conduct Group.


At its meeting on April 12, 2018, member states’ delegations agreed to recommend the decision to the European Union Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), which is responsible for making the decision official.

Based on communications from the secretariat, the government expects the ECOFIN Council to take up the recommendation without discussion by its next meeting on May 25, 2018.

This outcome is the culmination of on-going discussions between the Code of Conduct Group and The Bahamas Ministry of Finance.

A statement from the Ministry said: “The Bahamas will continue to uphold international regulatory standards and best practices on matters that affect its economic development and financial well-being, and safeguard the jurisdiction’s reputation and competitiveness as a premier international financial centre.”

“We will continue to engage in collaborative and proactive dialogue with the Code of Conduct Group and member states, and look forward to the harmonization of our mutual interests.”

The Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry, and Immigration Brent Symonette has launched the first round of World Trade Organization consultations. Read the launch statement here.

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development Lanisha Rolle is attending the Commonwealth Women’s Forum, being held alongside the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this week.

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