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Opposition Briefed On Financial Services

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) and The Association of International Banks and Trust Companies (AIBT)  along with industry stakeholders today held a consultative session with The Official Opposition to review draft legislation for the implementation of the Common Reporting Standard(CRS) .

 

The Leader of The Opposition and his colleagues were informed as to the why the Bahamas was moving expeditiously to implement CRS before the end of 2016, updated on the implementation plan and reviewed the provisions of the draft Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information Bill, 2016. The forum was held in collaboration with representatives from The Ministry of Financial Services and The Office of the Attorney General facilitated the session.

 

Industry representatives outlined to The Opposition that the Bahamas had committed to a 2018 deadline for implementation by way of a bilateral approach after industry consultation. Further, the importance of The Bahamas implementing The Common Reporting Standard as evidence of this jurisdiction being a responsible and compliant international financial centre was emphasized.

 

It was noted that the draft CRS legislation is the culmination of active public and private sector collaboration enabled by a CRS Task Force comprised of government and industry representatives under the leadership of The Ministry of Financial Services.

 

At the end of the CRS briefing, industry representatives updated the Opposition on the current state of the financial services sector and discussed some of the key policy considerations as the sector to seeks to reposition itself for long term growth and sustainability.

 

Dr. Minnis indicated his commitment to the financial services sector and acknowledged its importance to the overall economy.  Tanya McCartney, CEO & Executive Director of BFSB welcomed the opportunity to meet with The Official Opposition and stated that: “ Financial services is a critical plank in The Bahamian economy. Hence, there has to be consensus and bipartisanship on those matters that impact the sector.” She noted that “financial services contributes 15 -20 percent of our gross domestic product and employs a considerable amount of Bahamian professionals”.

 

It is expected that the Bill will be tabled in parliament when it next meets on December 7th, 2016.

 

 

Written by Jones Bahamas

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