On 18th October, FATF released a notice advising of its Plenary in Paris.  In major strategic initiatives, it considered –

  • the money laundering risk from stablecoins and other emerging assets; and
  • understanding and leveraging the use of “digital identity”.

Various mutual evaluation reports and follow-up reports were considered; and, in respect of jurisdictions with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies –

  • Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Tunisia are no longer subject to monitoring – taken off “grey” list;
  • Iceland, Mongolia and Zimbabwe are now subject to monitoring – added to “grey” list;
  • considered Pakistan’s progress – kept on “grey” list, with further consideration in February; and
  • continuing to monitor Iran’s actions to address deficiencies in its AML/CFT system. Iran will remain on the FATF Public Statement until the full Action Plan has been completed.  Until Iran implements the measures required to address the deficiencies identified with respect to countering terrorism-financing in the Action Plan, FATF will remain concerned with the terrorist financing risk emanating from Iran and the threat this poses to the international financial system

Other matters considered were –

  • promoting and facilitating more effective supervision at national level – with a programme of outreach to national supervisors approved, which aims to explore ways of making supervision more effective;
  • new Best Practices on Beneficial Ownership for Legal Persons approved;
  • new work on combating the laundering of proceeds of illegal wildlife trade.  FATF will work to develop good practices in tackling the financial flows linked to illegal wildlife trade; and
  • strategic review – to consider the experience of the conduct of mutual evaluations to date, and how to go forward.


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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