Press Release

Premier's Office
Release Date:
Tuesday, 9 December 2014 - 3:45pm

The Government of the Virgin Islands has taken further steps in strengthening its international relations by signing a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with the Government of South Korea.

The TIEA will enable the two tax authorities to have greater ability to exchange information for tax purposes in accordance with internationally agreed standards

Premier and Minister of Finance of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, signed the agreement with South Korea’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Sungnam Lim, who signed on behalf of South Korea. The event took place on Friday December 5 at BVI House in London.

Commenting on the signing of the BVI’s 27th TIEA, Premier Smith said, “The agreement signed with South Korea clearly demonstrates how the BVI continues to work with governments around the world in setting the very highest standards of regulation and transparency. The commercial opportunity presented by the economic growth in Asia is significant, and this TIEA provides a basis that will further strengthen the relationship between South Korea and the British Virgin Islands.”

He added, “Together with China and Japan, this agreement with South Korea reinforces the BVI’s commercial footprint in Asia-Pacific.  As the 27th TIEA the BVI has now signed, it again demonstrates the jurisdiction’s role as a world-class centre for the highest standards in financial regulation and cross-border tax issues.”

The TIEA is based on a model agreement developed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It will allow exchange of information by request on criminal and other tax matters in accordance with the procedures agreed.

The BVI has long been active in international efforts in the fight against financial crimes and is committed to develop and comply with the international standards on money laundering, terrorist financing and financial regulations.

According to the Premier and Minister of Finance, the BVI’s cooperation in fostering these international standards enhances its reputation as a world class, globally integrated and responsible financial centre.

In April 2002, the British Virgin Islands made a commitment to work with the OECD to develop principles of transparency and exchange of information in tax matters.

Inclusive of this recently signed agreement, the BVI has signed 27 TIEAs to date with Ireland, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Curacao, St Maarten and Aruba, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France and the Nordic Alliance of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, The Faroes and Greenland and China, India, Germany, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, the States of Guernsey, Canada, Japan and now South Korea.

Photo attached of Deputy Director of BVI London Office, Benito Wheatley, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, South Korea Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Sungnam Lim and Minister Counsellor (Financial) ByungKyoo Kim. (Photo Credit: BVI House London)