By Amelia Whitworth | 12 April 2011
With the G20 finance ministers meeting in Washington DC this week to discuss our global economic future, we decided to drop them a message about ending tax haven secrecy.
Tax haven secrecy is allowing tax dodging to thrive, costing poor countries an estimated $160bn a year. That’s money that should be fuelling development by funding public services like nurses, clinics and schools.
Because France is hosting the full G20 meeting in Cannes this November (definitely one of the more glamorously located G20 meetings!), we handed in letters simultaneously to the French embassies in London and Dublin this morning.
We also handed Nicolas Sarkozy, David Cameron and Barack Obama a message that the G20 leaders hold the key to greater financial transparency in the world.
Their expressions didn’t change much, but we’re pretty sure they got the message.
Christian Aid is part of a worldwide coalition calling on the G20 to take action this year. Please join us by asking G20 leaders to end tax haven secrecy.
Act now! Call on David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Nicolas Sarkozy to end tax haven secrecy at this year’s G20.