UAE, Fiji in pact to remove double taxation
Abu Dhabi, September 4, 2012
The UAE and the Republic of Fiji signed a final agreement to eliminate double taxation on income, in a move aimed at bolstering economic ties and enhance trade development between the two countries.
The agreement was signed by Younis Haji Al Khouri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on behalf of the UAE, whilst Filimone Waqabaca, Permanent Secretary for Finance, signed on behalf of the Republic of Fiji.
The agreement falls in line with the UAE’s efforts to support the process of opening up to the global economy through the promotion of the free movement of production factors, increasing the investment opportunities and encouraging import and export operations, as well as avoiding the obstruction of free flow of trade and investments.
It also aims to enhance the economic climate between the UAE and Fiji in addition to promoting the development goals of the UAE at the local level.
Al Khouri said: “The signing of the agreement to avoid double taxation between the UAE and the Republic of Fiji is an important step we have made to strengthen bilateral relations between both countries in the economic and financial sectors.”
“This agreement falls within the framework of MoF’s efforts to consolidate and strengthen the economic and investment cooperation between the UAE and countries globally. These agreements have a positive effect on protecting and guaranteeing the investment, trade and economic cooperation between the countries.
In addition, they provide significant benefits to the citizens of the UAE, companies, sovereign funds, private sector institutions, individuals residing in the UAE and federal and local institutions as well as state-owned national airlines that become exempt from all types of taxes,” added Al Khouri.
The UAE has signed 63 agreements on double taxation in order to strengthen its regional and international role through the creation of a unique investment climate for public and private sectors.
Double taxation agreements help to diversify the sources of national income and increasing the volume of inward investment.
They focus on tax-related matters, prominent changes witnessed by the economic and financial sector, as well as new financial instruments and mechanisms of transfer pricing, the removal of most forms of tax discrimination and the reduction of some of the taxes that were imposed on foreign investors.
They also provide a stable tax environment for foreign investors, leading to increased international competitiveness of the economy. – TradeArabia News Service