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Posts by EJ Fagan

About the Author:

EJ Fagan was New Media Coordinator for the FTC from 2011-2013. He is now Deputy Communications Director for Global Financial Integrity. You can follow him on Twitter @ejfagan.

Africa’s Illicit Flow Problem in Three Charts

April 18, 2014

Every year, more capital is transferred out of Africa than into the continent. This is despite billions of dollars of foreign aid, natural resource exports, and foreign direct investment.

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New Report from GFI on Illicit Financial Flows: Answering Common Questions

December 12, 2013

Yesterday, Global Financial Integrity released the report, Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries 2002-2011, which found that developing countries lost $947 billion in illicit financial flows in 2011, and $5.8 trillion over the ten-year study period.

The subject of illicit financial flows is still a new one, and can be confusing. To help answer some common questions about the report, we’ve put together a quick FAQ below:

What Are Illicit Financial Flows? What Does This Report Measure?

Illicit financial flows are cross-border transfers of funds that are illegally earned, transferred, or utilized. These kinds of illegal transactions range from corrupt public officials transferring kickbacks offshore, to tax evasion by commercial entities, to the laundered proceeds of transnational crime.

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Video: French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici on Public Registries, Transparency Agenda

October 14, 2013

While at an event sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, FTC Manager Porter McConnell asked French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici if France would support public registries of companies in the European Union. His response: not only does France support them, but they also support several other key pieces of FTC’s agenda. Video here at 41:39:

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Not in Dar? Here’s How You Can Still Participate

September 30, 2013

We’ve just completed our pre-conference seminar here at the 2013 FTC Conference in Dar es Salaam. Fifty reporters, civil society members, and experts from across the world gathered to prepare for the conference. Tomorrow, we’re expecting that number to quadrupedal for the conference’s main event on October 1st and second.

For the first time, we’re scaling up opportunities to participate in the conference. I’ll be live-tweeting the event as our panoply of experts discuss financial transparency and illicit financial flows. On each side of the main stage, we will be displaying all Tweets using the hashtag #FTCDar2013. You can help contribute to the discussion in the room by using the hashtag, or by Tweeting @FinTrCo.

The conference agenda is here. We’ll do our best to post the PowerPoint presentations online, so you can follow along with the play-by-play on Twitter.

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#FTCDar2013 in The Guardian’s Development Blog Today

September 30, 2013

Greetings from Dar es Salaam! We’re still half a day away from the beginning the 2013 FTC Conference main program, and we’ve already seen a number of exciting developments. One big development: Semkae Kilonzo, Coordinator for Policy Forum, our partners for the conference in Dar, had a great blog post published at The Guardian this […]

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FACT Coalition (US) Seeks a Policy Analyst

September 13, 2013

The Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition is looking to hire a Policy Analyst. FTC, Global Financial Integrity, and Global Witness all work very closely with the FACT Coalition on legislation and policy to fulfill FTC’s five recommendations.

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The Guardian: Tax avoidance ‘not a legal duty’

September 10, 2013

When accused of abusive tax avoidance, the first words out of a mouth of a large-company CEO are usually, “We have a fiduciary responsibility to our shareholders to avoid taxes.” According to a new opinion from Farrer & Co, a major law firm in the UK, that may not be the case.

The opinion, which applies only to the United Kingdom, states, “It is not possible to construe a director’s statutory obligation to promote the success of the company as a positive duty to avoid tax.” FTC Coordinating Committee member Tax Justice Network will be sending a letter to each FTSE-1000 Index CEO containing the document.

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Offshore Phantom Firms A “Hulking Presence” in Divorce Cases

August 21, 2013

Imagine that you are trying to sort out to recover your assets during divorce proceedings, and your significant other forces you to navigate this web of offshore shell companies and trusts, often with intermediaries listed as the beneficial owner. Read more at FT Alphaville.

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G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Communiqué Released

July 22, 2013

The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met in Moscow this weekend, following the release of the OECD’s report on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). That report, along with pieces of FTC’s agenda money laundering, automatic information exchange and beneficial ownership made it into the communiqué released by the G20 representatives following their summit.

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Global Witness’s Charmian Gooch at TED Global: Meet global corruption’s hidden players

July 8, 2013

When the son of the president of a desperately poor country starts buying mansions and sportscars on an official monthly salary of $7,000, Charmian Gooch suggests, corruption is probably somewhere in the picture. In a blistering, eye-opening talk (and through several specific examples), she details how global corruption trackers follow the money — to some surprisingly familiar faces.

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Tom Cardamone in the Huffington Post Canada: The Trouble with Tax Havens

June 11, 2013

Canadians have about twice as much money squirreled away in tax havens as they did a decade ago, writes Tom Cardamone in the Canadian edition of The Huffington Post. With the G8 summit looming, will Canada’s government support David Cameron’s transparency reforms, including public registries of the true owners of companies?

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New York Times: Obama Urged to Back Plan to List Owners of Shell Firms

June 10, 2013

The Obama Administration was an early backer of beneficial ownership legislation, which would collect information on the true owners of companies, and make that information available to law enforcement. However, since then, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has begun advocating for more thorough disclosure at the G8 level, including both law enforcement and the public at large.

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