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INTERSHORES l The Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”)’s Update On High Risk Jurisdictions and Jurisdictions Under Increased Monitoring

The Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) , the global standard-setting body for anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (“AML/CFT”) , published the following documents on 17 June 2022:

1.      FATF Statement on High-Risk Jurisdictions subject to a Call for Action

1.1   Since February 2020, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FATF has paused the review process for countries in the list of high-risk jurisdictions subject to a Call for Action given that they are already subject to the FATF’s call for countermeasures.  The FATF therefore asks member jurisdictions to refer to the Statement on High-Risk Jurisdictions adopted in February 2020 (“the Statement”) (http://www.fatf-gafi.org/publications/high-risk-and-other-monitored-jurisdictions/documents/call-for-action-february-2020.html).   While the Statement may not necessarily reflect the most recent status of AML/CFT regime in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“DPRK”) and Iran, the FATF's call for action on these high-risk jurisdictions remains in effect.


1.2   The FATF calls on its members and urges all jurisdictions, which we hereby do, to advise you to give special attention to business relationships and transactions with the DPRK, including DPRK companies, Financial Institutions and those acting on their behalves.


1.3   The FATF calls on its members and urges all jurisdictions to apply effective counter-measures, which we hereby do, and advise you to apply enhanced due diligence measures, including obtaining information on the reasons for intended transactions, business relationships and transactions with natural and legal persons from Iran; conducting enhanced monitoring of business relationships, by increasing the number and timing of controls applied, and selecting patterns of transactions that need further examination.


 2.    Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring

2.1  As part of its ongoing review of compliance with the AML/CFT standards, FATF identified 23 jurisdictions (Albania, Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Haiti, Jamaica, Jordan, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Senegal, South Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen) with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies.


2.2  Malta is no longer subject to the FATF's increased monitoring process for the significant progress in improving its AML/CFT regime.


2.3  The FATF encourages members and all jurisdictions to consider the information presented in the 17 June 2022 issue of “Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring” which sets out the high-level political commitment provided by each of the jurisdictions in question to address the identified deficiencies, including to (i) ensure the timely access to adequate, accurate and current basic and beneficial ownership information; (ii) implement an effective targeted financial sanctions regime related to terrorist financing and proliferation financing; (iii) establish procedures to identify and freeze terrorist assets; (iv) apply a risk-based approach for monitoring non-profit organisations to prevent abuse for terrorist financing purposes; and (v) improve customer due diligence and suspicious transaction reporting requirements, etc.



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