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OECD and Argentina to launch Latin American tax and financial crime centre

The OECD and Argentina’s government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the OECD Latin America Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Academy will be housed in the facilities of Argentina’s Federal Administration of Public Revenues.

The OECD Latin America Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation will provide intensive capacity-building courses targeted at tax crime investigators and other related law enforcement officials, including prosecutors, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption officials, in particular from Latin American countries, that will support tax crime investigators throughout their careers.

The memorandum was signed by Argentina’s Commissioner of Public Revenues Leandro Cuccioli and the OECD’s director of the centre for tax policy and administration Pascal Saint-Amans. It was signed in the margins of a meeting of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Buenos Aires, and was presided over by OECD secretary-general Angel Gurría and Argentina’s minister of treasury Nicolás Dujovne.

“The establishment of the OECD Latin America Academy here in Buenos Aires to train investigators in using the latest techniques to deter, detect and prosecute financial crime such as tax fraud, money-laundering or corruption, will strengthen Latin America’s capacity to tackle these crimes,” Gurría said. “We are very grateful to the Argentine authorities for supporting this initiative.”

The establishment of the OECD Latin America Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation builds on the success of the original centre hosted by the Gaurdia di Finanza in Ostia, Italy, and a pilot Africa Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation launched by the OECD, Kenya, Italy and Germany at the G20 Africa Partnership conference in June 2017.

The first events planned for the OECD Latin America Academy for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation are scheduled to begin in late 2018.

The move follows the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the International Bar Association (IBA) signing an anti-corruption mandate last week.

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