Tbilisi, Georgia, January 23, 2014—The
Investment Climate Advisory Services of the World Bank Group has helped
the Georgian government streamline international taxation procedures to
improve transparency, protect tax revenues, and boost investor confidence.
The Georgia Investment Climate Project has helped Georgia’s Ministry of
Finance develop a legal framework and will now help implement new transfer
pricing rules. Transfer pricing is usually applicable when two related
companies—such as a parent company and a subsidiary, or two subsidiaries
of a common parent—trade with each other, so the new rules help the government
ensure fair taxation and foster an attractive investment climate.
Nodar Khaduri, the Minister of Finance of Georgia, said: “The new rules
in international taxation will help companies comply with transfer pricing
regulations easily, while also ensuring public interests are protected.
This is a step forward in our efforts to support private sector development
The new rules allow companies to seek advance pricing arrangements, giving
the private sector more clarity on transfer pricing matters. The rules
are in line with the best practices of the Organization for Economic Co-operation
and Development and provide guidance on issues of major concern to developing
countries, providing a high level of certainty for investors regarding
their obligations in Georgia.
“Multinational companies often face challenges in cross border taxation.
Therefore streamlined and clear procedures in this area serve as a good
stimulus for foreign investors,” said Thomas Lubeck, IFC Regional Manager
for the South Caucasus. “Our support in creating simple, efficient and
business-friendly regulations is aimed at reducing the cost of doing business
and attracting more foreign investment to Georgia.”
The regulations will be published in English as well as Georgian, for maximum
coverage among foreign investors, and the Georgia Investment Climate Project
will offer training to private companies on the consequences of the new
The Georgia Investment Climate Project is implemented by IFC, a member
of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Finance,
Austria, BP and its Oil and Gas Co-venturers, and the Norwegian Trust Fund
for Private Sector and Infrastructure.
About the Investment Climate Advisory Services of the World Bank Group
The Investment Climate Advisory Services of the World Bank Group helps
governments implement reforms to improve their business environments and
encourage and retain investment, thus fostering competitive markets, growth,
and job creation. Funding is provided by the World Bank Group (IFC, MIGA,
and the World Bank) and over 15 donor partners working through the multidonor
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