Lifting the Veil of Secrecy

This week leading academics, practitioners and journalists are joining a socalled TAXCAPDEV-conference at NHH. The people behind the conference: Senior Researcher Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (CMI), professor Guttorm Schjelderup (NHH) and Sigrid Klæboe Jacobsen, Director of Tax Justice Network – Norway. Photo: Helge Skodvin
By Sigrid Folkestad

21 November 2016 11:39

(updated: 22 November 2016 13:26)

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy

During the conference "Lifting the Veil of Secrecy" academics, practitioners and investigative journalists from all over the world will discuss the role of the tax avoidance industry and how the challenges that tax havens represent can be mitigated.

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy is all about Tax Havens, Capital Flows and Developing Countries (TAXCAPDEV) hosted by Chr. Michelsen Institute and Norwegian School of Economics. It is organised in collaboration with Tax Justice Network Norway and the TaxCapDev-network, with financial support from the Research Council of Norway.

- Instead of the rich supporting the poor, it is the opposite. The poor countries are supporting the rich, Mr Raymond Baker said.

Baker was keynote speaker Monday morning, and he presented his lecture Financial Flows and Tax Havens: Combining to Harm Billions of People.

- If you know a bank is own by the mafia, will you do business with it? Will you open an account at that bank? I think not. We support tax heavens when we do that, Baker said.

Photografer Helge Skodvin