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Curaçao's financial services sector is quite advanced and many of the world's leading financial institutions and non-banking financial intermediaries have offices in Willemstad. The financial sector is supported by a number of international banks offering a wide scale of internationally required services. All of the larger international audit firms are represented in Curaçao. Legal practitioners and tax advisors are sophisticated in providing expert advice in the fields of international corporate and tax law. Curaçao's banks, trust offices, and other financial institutions have the resources and technical capabilities to accommodate all the requirements of its international clientele and their various methods of payment. The commercial banks are also equipped with trust, insurance, and investment departments that provide local and international services. The banking system provides both local and international services in an environment of confidentiality, while ensuring security, credibility, and stability.

As part of the further development of Curaçao as an international financial center, a Securities Exchange became operational in 2000. The Exchange is called International Financial Center & Exchange (IFCE) of Curaçao. IFCE serves as an international facility for member organizations through which the members can have access to securities exchanges around the world. In addition, IFCE also has a Securities Trading System, which allows trading members to place orders for their clients or for their own account. These securities may include mutual funds and other financial instruments.

Tax Structure
In response to the IMF recommendations, the Netherlands Antilles has introduced a new fiscal framework, which aims at 1) repealing the tax regime for offshore companies so that the Netherlands Antilles will no longer be characterized as a tax haven; and 2) concluding favorable tax arrangements with the Netherlands and other countries so that investing in the NA becomes more attractive for companies.

April 17, 2002, the Netherlands Antilles and the United States signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement.