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FATF Public Statements - March 2022

Public Statements

On 4 March 2022, the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”) issued its latest two public statements identifying jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regimes:

“High-Risk Jurisdictions subject to a Call for Action – March 2022”; and “Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring – March 2022”

High-Risk Jurisdictions subject to a Call for Action

In this latest public statement, the FATF continues to call on its members and urges all jurisdictions to apply enhanced due diligence, and, in the most serious cases, other countermeasures, to protect the international financial system from money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing (ML/TF/PF) risk emanating from Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (“DPRK”).  These jurisdictions have been identified as high-risk given the significant strategic deficiencies identified in their regimes to counter money ML, TF and PF. 

The statement also indicated that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the review process for the list of High-Risk Jurisdictions subject to a Call for Action remains on pause given that these countries are already subject to the FATF’s call for countermeasures. Persons should refer to the FATF statement on these jurisdictions adopted in February 2020. While the statement may not necessarily reflect the most recent status in Iran and the DPRK’s AML/CFT regime, the FATF’s call for action on these high-risk jurisdictions remains in effect.

Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring

There are currently 23 countries under and subject to increased monitoring by the FATF, otherwise referred to as a ‘grey list.’  These countries are actively working with the FATF to address the strategic deficiencies within their AML/CFT regimes. There is currently no requirement to apply enhanced due diligence measures to these jurisdictions, but the FATF encourages its members and all jurisdictions to take into account the information presented below in their risk analysis.

Updated statements for the countries that had their progress reviewed by the FATF since October 2021 are provided below.  Since the October review, the FATF has also listed the United Arab Emirates.  

Statements issued in June and October 2021 in relation to Jordan, Mali, Haiti and Turkey are also included below, but may not necessarily reflect the most recent status of the jurisdiction’s AML/CFT regime. 

Albania Myanmar  
Barbados Nicaragua  
Botswana Pakistan  
Burkina Faso Panama  
Cambodia Philippines  
Cayman Islands Senegal  
Haiti South Sudan  
Jamaica Syria  
Jordan Turkey  
Mali Uganda  
Malta Yemen  





Following the October review, Zimbabwe was removed from the list as the FATF recognised the significant progress made by Zimbabwe in improving its AML/CFT regime. 

Both FATF Statements of 4 March 2022 are reproduced in full here.

The British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission (“FSC”) wishes to advise the general public, including all persons who are required to comply with the requirements of the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, 2008 and the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Code of Practice, 2008, to note the concerns expressed by the FATF with respect to the named jurisdictions and consider the associated money laundering and/or terrorist financing risks.  The FSC encourages all to apply appropriate or enhanced customer due diligence measures when dealing with customers or handling transactions connected with any of the jurisdictions that have been identified by the FATF’s public statements.