Well, back home, but things not really back to normal, thanks to long, unannounced power cut…
Meanwhile, in the first 20 days of 2023, more than 12,000 irregular migrants have crossed the Darién border, according to the deputy director of the National Migration Service, with an increase in nationals from Ecuador, Haiti, and Colombia. The number of irregular migrants who arrived in Panama on their way to the US almost doubled in 2022, reaching a record of 248,000, and more than half were Venezuelans.
Meanwhile, following the news of the numbers of dengue cases, in the first 2 weeks of 2023 there were 257 reported cases of malaria. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the indigenous region of Guna Yala, Darién and the Ngäbe Buglé region, are the regions with the most confirmed cases.
A news release from the Financial Crime Investigation Service advises that an AML/CFT evaluation follow-up from Moneyval says that Lithuania has improved its measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing; it has been upgraded from “partially compliant” to “largely compliant” with FATF Recommendations 24 and 32, related to transparency of legal persons and cash couriers. Overall, Lithuania has achieved full compliance with 8 of the 40 FATF Recommendations constituting the international AML/CFT standard and retains minor deficiencies in the implementation of 27 Recommendations where it has been found “largely compliant”. 5 Recommendations remain “partially compliant” and Lithuania has no “non-compliant” rating. Consequently, Lithuania is expected to report back to MONEYVAL on further progress to strengthen its implementation of AML/CFT measures in 1 year’s time.
On 19 January, FATF issued the 9th follow-up report and 4th technical compliance update on Uganda. It says that Uganda has made significant overall progress in resolving the technical compliance shortcomings identified in its mutual evaluation report and ratings for 2 FATF Recommendations have been revised. The country has addressed the deficiencies in respect of the following Recommendations which have been re-rated as follows:
Recommendation 12 (initially rated PC) is re-rated to Compliant
Recommendation 22 (initially rated PC) is re-rated to Largely Compliant
Uganda will remain in enhanced follow-up and will continue to inform ESAAMLG, the FATF-style regional body, of the progress made in improving and implementing its AML/CFT measures. The follow-up report (FUR) analyses the progress Uganda made in addressing the technical compliance deficiencies identified in its 2015 MER and ensuing FUR.