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FATF Lists – Impacts Of Inclusion

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As of March, 2024, North Korea, Iran, and Myanmar find themselves black-listed, while 23 countries, including  Barbados, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Croatia, DRC, Gibraltar, Haiti, Jamaica, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, UAE, Vietnam, and Yemen are grey-listed. These classifications are maintained by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global watchdog combating money laundering and terrorist financing. The FATF identifies jurisdictions with weak measures in these areas and maintains a “Black” list for serious deficiencies and a “Grey” list for countries actively working to address them.

Implications of FATF Lists

According to the FATF, being grey-listed or black-listed signifies ineffective implementation of measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, including maintaining an efficient register of beneficial ownership.

The consequences include:

  • Impact on Financial System Stability: Decreased confidence can result in capital flight, weakening the stability of banks and financial institutions.
  • Restricted Access to International Financial Markets: Blacklisted countries may face difficulties in conducting international transactions, hindering trade and investment.
  • Increased Compliance Costs: To adhere to FATF standards, countries may need to implement costly reforms, imposing financial burdens.
  • Negative Impact on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): Foreign investors may avoid countries with weak controls, leading to a decline in FDI.
  • Damage to Reputation and Business Environment: Being included in FATF lists damages a country’s reputation, discouraging foreign businesses and eroding confidence.
  • Risk of Sanctions and Isolation: Extreme cases may lead to international sanctions, isolating countries from the global financial system.

The inclusion of a country on the FATF’s Grey/Black lists can have profound social implications, including increased poverty and inequality, reduced access to financial services, negative impacts on education and healthcare, heightened social stigma and discrimination, brain drain, and political instability. Are there solutions?

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The implications of being listed on the FATF’s Grey/Black lists can have a profound impact on a country’s economy, stability, and reputation. The consequences, including decreased confidence in the financial system and restricted access to international markets, necessitate effective solutions. BOREG©, our Beneficial Ownership Register, stands as a comprehensive answer to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

How BOREG© Makes a Difference:

  • Establishing a defined legal framework: BOREG© provides an explicit definition of beneficial ownership, ensuring adherence to FATF Recommendations. With a clear identification methodology and comprehensive coverage, it offers a holistic approach to combating illicit financial activities.
  • Establishing a Central Beneficial Ownership (BO) Register: Our central register collects, verifies, and records essential BO information, ensuring accuracy and accountability. With enforcement powers and real-time access, BOREG© enhances regulatory efficiency.
  • International Cooperation: In a world where money laundering transcends borders, BOREG© fosters global collaboration and data exchange. It equips countries to collectively identify and address illicit activities effectively.

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