G20: India concerned on black money, rich nations’ monetary policies

New Delhi, Feb 11:

With Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reacting Monday to media reporting names of Indian account holders in HSBC bank’s Swiss branch, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha has strongly advocated the fast implementation of automatic exchange of tax information globally, within the agreed time-frame.

Arun Jaitley Small Size Pic“This would help India trace transactions of money illegally earned or stashed in foreign banks without paying appropriate taxes in the countries where those transactions took place,” Sinha told a meeting of the G20 nations’ finance ministers and central bank governors in Istanbul held Feb 9-10, on official release said here Wednesday.

At the G20 Brisbane summit last November, leaders have endorsed a new global transparency standard by which more than 90 jurisdictions will begin automatic exchange of tax information, using a common reporting standard by 2017-2018.

India has no official estimates of illegal money stashed away overseas, but the unofficial ones range from $466 billion to $1.4 trillion.

Sinha also expressed concern over the monetary policies of a number of developed countries including members of the G20, the finance ministry said.

He called for installing an effective mechanism to deal with negative spillovers that may arise due to such policies or even their unexpected and disorderly withdrawal in future, the statement added.

Presenting the Reserve Bank of India’s latest monetary policy review last week, deputy governor Urjit Patel described the “important backdrop” to the RBI’s move to keep key interest rates unchanged, that left analysts puzzled over whether it was “dovish” or “hawkish”.

“We are in the midst of the age of competitive depreciation and of a beggar-my-neighbour philosophy. It brings to mind an old African saying that when elephants fight the grass suffers,” Patel said at the press conference to announce the policy review, on the trend of accommodative monetary policies being adopted by developed economies.

“While the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) are printing money and devaluing their currencies on one hand, the US economy is reviving on the other. Anyone in the middle is getting crushed,” he added. IANS

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