Today at the annual meeting of the OECD’s Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes in Berlin, 51 jurisdictions signed a multilateral competent authority agreement to implement the OECD’s standard for global automatic exchange of information.  In a statement, the OECD announced that the adopters of the agreement have pledged to work toward launching their first information exchanges by September 2017.  The signatories include the EU member states and Mexico.  However, the United States is not a signatory.