Public Notice - FATF High-Risk Other Monitored Jurisdictions and Statement on the Russian Federation
Published: Thursday March 2nd, 2023
FATF High-Risk/Other Monitored Jurisdictions and Statement on the Russian Federation
Further to Section 6(3) of the Proceeds of Crime Act, 2018 and Section 13(1) of the Financial Transactions Reporting Act, 2018, supervised financial institutions (“SFIs”) are reminded that the FATF designation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Iran and Myanmar as high-risk jurisdictions remains in effect. In light of this, the IRF Steering Committee requires that SFIs apply enhanced due diligence measures to business relationships and transactions with these jurisdictions, including individuals, companies, financial institutions and those acting on their behalf.
Additionally, SFIs should take note of the jurisdictions under increased monitoring who are actively working with the FATF to address strategic deficiencies in their regimes to counter money laundering (ML), terrorist financing (TF), and proliferation financing (PF). SFIs should consider the associated ML/TF/PF risks associated with these jurisdictions when conducting transactions and maintaining business relationships.
Lastly, the FATF issued a statement on the Russian Federation that “continues to call upon all jurisdictions to remain vigilant of threats to the integrity, safety and security of the international financial system arising from the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine. The FATF reiterates that all jurisdictions should be vigilant to possible emerging risks from the circumvention of measures taken in order to protect the international financial system.”
Questions regarding this notice should be addressed to:
Bank Supervision Department
Central Bank of The Bahamas
Issued: 3 March 2023