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By Lidia Kelly

MOSCOW (Reuters) - International tax cooperation will be in focus alongside the a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 developed and developing nations in next month, Russia's top financial diplomat said on Friday.

The ministers meet in on Oct. 6, on the eve of the World Bank/IMF annual meetings, weeks after a summit pledged to increase macroeconomic policy coordination without issuing any concrete proposals other than agreeing to oppose protectionism.

"(The agenda) will be very simple this time: global economy, which is traditional," Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak told in an interview.

"The ministers also need to talk, develop the theme of taxes, tax cooperation at the international level, at the multilateral level, Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), information sharing and so on."

At their summit in Hangzhou, China, the leaders pledged tax cooperation to "achieve a globally fair and modern international tax system" and asked the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) to report by June 2017 on the progress made by jurisdictions on tax transparency.

A particular focus of the OECD efforts is BEPS, in which multinational companies move profits out of the countries where money is earned and into jurisdictions that do not tax them.

Storchak also said that he expected Germany to announce in that it would prioritise the G20's sustainable development goals during its presidency of the group next year.

"It's their choice," Storchak said. "In principle, for the Group of 20 finance ministers and central banks, this is never considered a priority as, in many countries, the ministry of finance does not play a big role in promoting sustainable development."

He added that there would be no meeting of the finance ministers from the BRICS developing countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund meeting.

A BRICS summit will be held in Panaji in the Indian state of Goa on Oct. 15-16.

(Additional reporting by Lena Fabrichnaya; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Russia: Global economy, taxes to dominate Washington's G20 agenda

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By Lidia Kelly

MOSCOW (Reuters) - International tax cooperation will be in focus alongside the a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 developed and developing nations in next month, Russia's top financial diplomat said on Friday.

The ministers meet in on Oct. 6, on the eve of the World Bank/IMF annual meetings, weeks after a summit pledged to increase macroeconomic policy coordination without issuing any concrete proposals other than agreeing to oppose protectionism.

"(The agenda) will be very simple this time: global economy, which is traditional," Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak told in an interview.

"The ministers also need to talk, develop the theme of taxes, tax cooperation at the international level, at the multilateral level, Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), information sharing and so on."

At their summit in Hangzhou, China, the leaders pledged tax cooperation to "achieve a globally fair and modern international tax system" and asked the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) to report by June 2017 on the progress made by jurisdictions on tax transparency.

A particular focus of the OECD efforts is BEPS, in which multinational companies move profits out of the countries where money is earned and into jurisdictions that do not tax them.

Storchak also said that he expected Germany to announce in that it would prioritise the G20's sustainable development goals during its presidency of the group next year.

"It's their choice," Storchak said. "In principle, for the Group of 20 finance ministers and central banks, this is never considered a priority as, in many countries, the ministry of finance does not play a big role in promoting sustainable development."

He added that there would be no meeting of the finance ministers from the BRICS developing countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund meeting.

A BRICS summit will be held in Panaji in the Indian state of Goa on Oct. 15-16.

(Additional reporting by Lena Fabrichnaya; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Russia: Global economy, taxes to dominate Washington's G20 agenda

MOSCOW (Reuters) - International tax cooperation will be in focus alongside the global economy a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 developed and developing nations in Washington next month, Russia's top financial diplomat said on Friday.

By Lidia Kelly

MOSCOW (Reuters) - International tax cooperation will be in focus alongside the a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 developed and developing nations in next month, Russia's top financial diplomat said on Friday.

The ministers meet in on Oct. 6, on the eve of the World Bank/IMF annual meetings, weeks after a summit pledged to increase macroeconomic policy coordination without issuing any concrete proposals other than agreeing to oppose protectionism.

"(The agenda) will be very simple this time: global economy, which is traditional," Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak told in an interview.

"The ministers also need to talk, develop the theme of taxes, tax cooperation at the international level, at the multilateral level, Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), information sharing and so on."

At their summit in Hangzhou, China, the leaders pledged tax cooperation to "achieve a globally fair and modern international tax system" and asked the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) to report by June 2017 on the progress made by jurisdictions on tax transparency.

A particular focus of the OECD efforts is BEPS, in which multinational companies move profits out of the countries where money is earned and into jurisdictions that do not tax them.

Storchak also said that he expected Germany to announce in that it would prioritise the G20's sustainable development goals during its presidency of the group next year.

"It's their choice," Storchak said. "In principle, for the Group of 20 finance ministers and central banks, this is never considered a priority as, in many countries, the ministry of finance does not play a big role in promoting sustainable development."

He added that there would be no meeting of the finance ministers from the BRICS developing countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund meeting.

A BRICS summit will be held in Panaji in the Indian state of Goa on Oct. 15-16.

(Additional reporting by Lena Fabrichnaya; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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