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BRUSSELS—The European Union
on Tuesday announced that Bar-
bados and Grenada are among
eight jurisdictions that have been
removed from a new list of global
tax havens following commit-
ments made at a high political
level to remedy EU concerns.
In a statement, the EU said the
two Caribbean Community (Cari-
com) countries are joined by the
Republic of Korea, Macao SAR,
Mongolia, Panama, Tunisia and
the United Arab Emirates.
It said they have been removed
from the list of non-co -operative
jurisdictions for tax purposes and
moved to a separate category of
jurisdictions subject to close mon-
The EU said that the Council
agreed on Tuesday that a delist-
ing was justified in the light of an
expert assessment of the commit-
ments made by these jurisdictions
to address deficiencies identified
by the EU. In each case, the com-
mitments were backed by letters
signed at a high political level, it
“Our listing process is already
proving its worth”, said Vladislav
Goranov, the Finance Minister of
Bulgaria, which currently holds
the Council presidency.
“Jurisdictions around the world
have worked hard to make com-
mitments to reform their tax
policies. Our aim is to promote
good tax governance globally,” he
The decision by the European
Council leaves nine jurisdictions
including T&T and St. Lucia, on
the list of non-cooperative juris-
dictions out of 17 announced ini-
tially on December 5, last year.
Last Friday, the St. Lucia gov-
ernment said it expected to join
Barbados and Grenada, in being
removed from the list.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet
said he had a conference call with
EU officials on Friday to identify
the problem areas.
“Every month there is a review
committee that assesses where
the defaulting countries are, so
we expect to be told specifically
what the concerns are to which
we will respond,” Chastanet said,
adding that Castries has done
everything “within its power” to
meet the tax requirements.
He said he hopes that by the
time the next review is conducted
the island will be off the so-called
The proposal for the delisting
was made by the so-called Code
of Conduct Group, which gathers
tax experts from the 28 EU mem-
ber states. It mon-
abide by EU stand-
ards on tax matters.
Caribbean countries have in the
past been very critical of being
included on these lists insisting
that they have done everything as
outlined by various European or-
ganisations like the Organisation
for Economic Cooperation and
The EU finance ministers had
claimed last month that the coun-
tries on the blacklist were not
doing enough to crack down on
offshore avoidance schemes.
BELMOPAN, BELIZE—Police say they have no mo-
tive for the murder of two sisters whose nude
bodies were found on a remote road in the To-
ledo District, a southernmost district in Belize.
The bodies of 16-year-old Josephine Oh and her
19-year-old sister, Cricencia Oh, were found with
several chop wounds.
“What we have so far is that the females are
from San Antonio Village and they had gone to
San Jose village to attend a church service and
after the church service they went to visit their
brother. And it was when they were going back
to their village, they were brutally attacked and
their bodies were found by police,” said ASP Ale-
“Nobody has been detained and there is no sus-
pect at this moment,” he added.
Villagers said the girls may have been killed
sometime between 6.30 and 10 pm (local time)
on Sunday night. They said they were last seen
alive leaving the village around 6.30 on that
Sisters hacked to
death after church
KINGSTON, JAMAICA—Police say they have shot
and killed a 16-year-old boy who was responsible
for the deadly gun attack on two bus conductors
that left one dead and the other hospitalised last
The authorities said that Andel Lindsay, a resi-
dent of Longsville Park, Clarendon, south of here,
had been responsible for the crime.
They said he was shot by a policeman shortly
after he opened gunfire on two bus conductors
and that they are still trying to determine a mo-
tive for the attack.
Meanwhile, police say they have arrested a
teenager in connection with the death of 33-year-
old Koyodian Grant, a craft vendor, who was shot
dead earlier this month.
Police said they had detained the teenage boy
in the St James community during the state of
emergency in the parish.
Grant was shot on January 14 as he stood on
the roadway and died at the Cornwall Regional
The teenager is due to appear before the St
James Family Court tomorrow.
Since the start of the year, more than 100 peo-
ple have been murdered in Jamaica.
Last year, the country recorded more than
1,500 murders. (CMC)
killed by police
T&T still on EU tax haven list, B’dos, Grenada off
“Our listing process is already
proving its worth. Jurisdictions
around the world have worked
hard to make commitments to
reform their tax policies. Our
aim is to promote good tax
Vladislav Goranov, the Finance Minister of Bulgaria
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