It is my pleasure to introduce the seventh edition of Barbados International Finance & Business. During 2014, Barbados graduated to the second phase of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, and in October 2014 Barbados was appointed Vice Chair of the Steering Committeeof the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It has also seen the emergence of Base Erosion and Profit Shifting as an issue. Barbados continues to market itself to the Latin American client, with Invest Barbados sponsoring several conferences and workshops to promote the domicile. Meanwhile, Barbados remains the domicile of choice for Canadian-parented companies and companies incorporated in its Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) network of countries, with particular focus on Latin America and Europe.Barbados' DTA network continues to expand and, currently, Barbados has DTAs with 34 countries, with another 11 awaitingfinalisation. The OECD's position on International Financial Centres (IFCs) has resulted in Barbados signing Tax Information Exchange Agreements and intensifying its efforts to negotiate DTAs with countries in Latin America. Barbados remains a cost-effective, well-regulated IFC, with world-class infrastructure and an intelligent workforce. Importantly too, Barbados is very much open for business.We invite you to consider us as your domicile of choice, providing innovative solutions for international business expansion, and also invite you to send your comments and suggestions to bifb@investbarbados.org.With very best wishes,James GardinerWelcome to the 2015 Edition Barbados continues to market itself to the Latin American market, with Invest Barbados sponsoring several conferences and workshops topromote the domicile4 BARBADOS INTERNATIONAL FINANCE & BUSINESS 2015
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