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The Impact of Ultimate Beneficial Owners Transparency on Society

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Citizens often rely on their governments to tackle critical issues affecting their lives. However, when governments are slow to respond or neglect international regulatory requirements and their own commitments to address crucial matters such as identifying the ultimate beneficial owners (UBOs) of corporate entities, the repercussions can be profound, impacting various facets of society.

Disregarding the mishandling or oversight of matters concerning ultimate beneficial owners or controllers can carry significant implications for ordinary citizens. Here’s how these interconnected areas affect individuals’ lives:

Economic Impact

Money laundering, corruption, and tax evasion, fueled by opaque ownership structures, create economic instability, resulting in fewer job opportunities, lower wages, and increased inflation. Weak financial systems, stemming from inadequate UBO regulations, make countries susceptible to economic shocks, leading to job losses, reduced income, and heightened financial insecurity for ordinary citizens.

Reduced Public Services

The loss of revenue due to tax evasion and corruption results in diminished funds for essential public services like healthcare, education, and infrastructure. This reduction directly impacts the quality of services available to citizens, impeding their access to vital resources.

Increased Inequality

Opaque ownership worsens wealth concentration, deepening income inequality and creating disparities in education, healthcare, and living standards among citizens. Poorly managed UBO issues perpetuate poverty cycles, limiting future generations’ access to education and social programs. Illicit financial activities stifle entrepreneurship and job creation, impeding citizens’ economic well-being. Additionally, opaque ownership leads to inefficient tax collection, burdening ordinary citizens and exacerbating the cost of living.

Impaired Social Development

Inadequate regulation of UBOs can impede social development initiatives. Insufficient funding for social welfare programs and infrastructure projects limits citizens’ access to quality education, healthcare, and basic amenities.

Threats to Personal Security

Money laundering and illicit financial flows, often facilitated by undisclosed ownership, pose direct security risks. These funds may be utilized to finance criminal activities, endangering the safety and security of citizens.

How to Stop It?

Implementing a Beneficiary Ownership Register (BOREG©) presents a strategic solution to address the challenges associated with poorly managed UBO issues. BOREG© provides a transparent and centralized platform for governments to register and disclose beneficial ownership information, promoting financial accountability and mitigating the negative impacts on citizens. This tool empowers governments to enhance their regulatory frameworks, rebuild trust in institutions, and ultimately contribute to the socio-economic well-being of their citizens.

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