OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has welcomed Andorra’s steps to strengthen international tax co-operation, after it became the 60th signatory to the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters.

Gurría said: "Andorra has taken many positive steps towards greater tax transparency in the past four years. Today’s signing is an important signal that Andorra is seriously committed to the international fight against offshore tax avoidance and evasion."

Gurría noted that the rapid increase in signatories to the Convention reflects the growing levels of international support for exchange of information on request, and foreshadows that automatic exchange of information will become the new international standard.

The Multilateral Convention provides for all forms of mutual assistance: exchange on request, spontaneous exchange, tax examinations abroad, simultaneous tax examinations and assistance in tax collection, while protecting taxpayers’ rights.

It also provides the option to undertake automatic exchange, requiring an agreement between the Parties interested in adopting this form of assistance.

The Convention must now be ratified by the Principality of Andorra.

The 60 signatories to the Convention are: Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States.