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FATF 将开曼群岛等列入洗钱风险关注清单

FATF 将开曼群岛等列入洗钱风险关注清单

内容来源及全文链接:Cayman Islands, Morocco Placed on Terror-Financing Watch List

By Mengqi Sun From WSJ

FATF (the Financial Action Task Force) added Burkina Faso, the Cayman Islands, Morocco and Senegal to its list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring.

Four jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands and Morocco, will undergo increased monitoring as they face pressure from a global watchdog to address deficiencies in their anti-money-laundering efforts.

The Financial Action Task Force, a Paris-based organization that sets anti-money-laundering law standards, on Thursday added Burkina Faso, the Cayman Islands, Morocco and Senegal to its list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring, joining 15 other countries. The identified deficiencies vary for each jurisdiction, but they include maintaining comprehensive beneficial ownership information and expanding the operations of countries’ financial intelligence units, according to FATF.

For instance, FATF in a report said the Cayman Islands government needs to impose effective administrative penalties and enforcement actions against entities involved in money-laundering violations, as well as implement adequate sanctions in cases where accurate and timely beneficial ownership information isn’t provided.

“The Cayman Islands are a major financial center; we expect from countries who have higher risks, we expect commensurate measures against these risks,” FATF President Marcus Pleyer said during a virtual press conference Thursday.

The Cayman Islands government said in a statement that it has completed 60 out of 63 FATF recommended actions to strengthen its anti-money-laundering system and has given its commitment to meet the action plan’s requirements to work on the remaining three. The government said the work was already underway.

Being added to the so-called “grey list” means the four countries and territories will work with FATF on plans to address identified deficiencies in their counter-terror-financing regimes within agreed time frames and subject to extra checks, FATF said.

Pakistan, another country on the grey list, has made significant progress in improving its frameworks to counter illicit finance, including demonstrating that its law enforcement agencies were identifying and investigating terrorist finance activities and taking enforcement actions against violations of targeted financial sanctions, FATF said in a report. But Pakistan will remain on the list for increased monitoring; the country still needs to address deficiencies related to terrorist financing, according to FATF.

The Washington embassies for Morocco, Senegal and Pakistan didn’t respond to requests for comment.

FATF, which evaluates anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorism-financing laws of 205 jurisdictions around the world, said the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted its evaluations of countries, delaying some of its on-site reviews.

“The FATF continues to monitor the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing connected with Covid-19 financial crimes,” Mr. Pleyer said.

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