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Communication at OECD is problem says senior official

Mary Bennett, the head of OECD’s tax treaty and transfer pricing division, said communication is a barrier to the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration improving its reputation, but steps are being taken to change this.


The OECD has been criticised by ActionAid and other non-government organisations for its bias towards member countries but Bennett said the body’s efforts are simply not communicated well enough.

Bennett, who is leaving the organisation in October, said the OECD often helps developing countries to develop their transfer pricing systems but this information is not publicised well enough, either because the country in question is reluctant for the wider world to know that it needs help, or the OECD does not communicate the information effectively online.

“We are overwhelmed with requests from developing countries to help them and we have a number of programmes in place,” said Bennett. “We have to be smarter about web capability. There’s work being done on the internet site that will be more descriptive about what’s going on but it takes a lot of resources.”

Bennett said OECD staff often had to choose whether it is better to spend resources on helping countries or improving communication.

Bennett made the remarks in an exclusive interview with TPWeek where she discusses her tenure at the OECD and her move back to Baker & McKenzie. Stay tuned for more information.

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