A report from The Wild Parrot Trust says that the trade in wild parrots increasingly relies on social media platforms, and it analyses the online trade in wild parrots over a 4-year period provides new insights into the scope and scale of the trade, trade routes, modes of transport and compliance with national and international laws and agreements.
On 22 November, FATF-style regional body CFATF released the 3rd enhanced follow-up report for Antigua & Barbuda. The country saw its mutual evaluation report released in 2018. CFATF the CFATF has re-rated the country in relation to FATF Recommendation 7 from Non-Compliant to Partially Compliant; Recommendations 22 and 40 from Partially Compliant to Largely Compliant; Recommendations 28 and 37 from Partially Compliant to Compliant; and Recommendation 2 from Largely Compliant to Compliant. Therefore, Antigua and Barbuda is now Compliant with 11 Recommendations and Largely Compliant on 25 on FATF Recommendations. As usual, the report does not address effectiveness ratings. Antigua and Barbuda will remain in enhanced follow-up on the basis that it had a low or moderate level of effectiveness for 7 or more of the 11 effectiveness outcomes (aka “Immediate Outcomes” or IO) and will continue to inform the CFATF of progress achieved on improving the implementation of its AML/CFT measures.
On 22 November, the House of Commons Library published a briefing about a new levy that will first be charged in the financial year running from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 on any medium, large and very large entities regulated for AML purposes at any point during that year.