Outcomes of Financial Action Task Force plenary meeting from October 20-21
Last week, on October 20-21, the latest Financial Action Task Force Plenary took place in Paris. It was the first Plenary under the Presidency of T. Raja Kumar and gathered over 200 participants.
What is the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)?
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), is a global money laundering and terrorism watchdog established by the G7. It currently has 37 member states which agree to implement anti-money laundering and counter the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) standards.
Outcomes of the latest FATF Plenary
Russia’s ongoing attacks on Ukraine
Russia’s actions continue to violate the core principles of FATFs, which aim to promote the financial system’s stability, security, and integrity.
“As a result of Russia’s continuing actions, the FATF has decided to impose additional restrictions on the country’s remaining role, including by barring them from participating in current and future FATF projects,” FATF chairperson, T Raja Kumar, said while addressing a press conference on the final day of the FATF plenary in Paris.
In addition, after completing the plenary discussions, the watchdog decided to impose further restrictions on the country’s remaining role, including prohibiting participation in current and future FATF programs as well as in FATF meetings of regional partner bodies as a member. These measures are extended to actions taken by the FATF in June 2022.
FATF’s grey list: Updates of jurisdictions under increased monitoring
Following the Plenary, FATF announced that several jurisdictions were placed under increased monitoring. These jurisdictions are working to address deficiencies in their AML/CFT policies.
The new jurisdictions subject to increased monitoring are the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique, and Tanzania.
As of today, FATF’s grey list, or jurisdictions under increased monitoring, counts 23 countries:
Democratic Republic of the Congo
United Arab Emirates
Two jurisdictions have also exited the grey list and are no longer subject to increased monitoring:
Nicaragua: FATF identified strategic deficiencies in Nicaragua’s AML/CFT regime in February 2020, which has been improved; and
Pakistan: The country improved its AML/CFT regime for which FATF had identified deficiencies in June 2018 and 2021.
Myanmar: high-risk jurisdiction under a call to action
FATF listed Myanmar as a high-risk jurisdiction subject to a call for action. FATF’s high-risk jurisdictions have significant strategic deficiencies in their AML/CFT regime. For such jurisdictions, FATF urges members and other jurisdictions to apply enhanced due diligence counter-measures against money laundering, terrorism financing, and proliferation financing (ML/TF/PF) risks stemming from high-risk jurisdictions. The list of FATF’s high-risk jurisdictions is also known as FATF’s blacklist.
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