Obaid Humaid Al Tayer Meets With OECD Secretary General in UAE

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Published February 12th, 2018 - 09:57 GMT
Obaid Humaid Al Tayer and José Ángel Gurría During the meeting.
Obaid Humaid Al Tayer and José Ángel Gurría During the meeting.

HE Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, met with José Ángel Gurría, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in order to discuss and further strengthen the strategic partnership between the Ministry of Finance and OECD.

HE Obaid Humaid Al Tayer thanked OECD Secretary General for the constant support provided, specifically related to the memorandum of understanding signed between the two parties to build a partnership for tax purposes. This step has led the UAE to become a training hub for the MENA region on the exchange of information and in building a network of qualified tax experts. The UAE joined membership of the Global Forum on Transparency in 2010 and has since participated in the Forum’s numerous meetings.

HE Al Tayer said: “The UAE continues its efforts to implement all plans to boost cooperation with the international community in areas of tax information. The UAE also affirms its commitment to implement the agreed financial reforms, specifically VAT. This tax is an important addition to the economic diversification policies adopted by the country, and supports the sustainable social-economic development.” 

During the meeting, José Ángel Gurría thanked the UAE, and MoF, for the constant and fruitful cooperation. OECD Secretary General also praised the UAE's role in exchanging information for tax purposes and its commitment to the Organisation's standards in this regard. Additionally, he stressed OECD’s commitment and full readiness to cooperate with the country in various related fields.

The meeting covered a number of topics, foremost of which were the global economic conditions and developments in the field of taxation, as well as the UAE’s financial reforms as aimed at the growth of public finances in the country. HE Obaid Humaid Al Tayer also highlighted the UAE's advanced infrastructure and its value in supporting sustainable economic growth.

Background Information

UAE Ministry of Finance

To be a global leader in the fiscal field and to contribute to achieving the UAE Vision.

To efficiently and proactively manage and develop the federal government financial resources through active fiscal policies, excellent abilities, and local and 
international relations in order to achieve development, sustainability, and integrity of the fiscal system in accordance with best practices. 

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