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FATF Endorses Latest AML Regulations in the Final Plenary Meeting

31 October, 2023

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Financial Action Task Force (FATF) conducted its annual plenary meeting of 2023 at the headquarters in Paris to strengthen the global financial ecosystem and prevent businesses from crimes related to money laundering

The fourth plenary meeting of FATF concluded under the supervision of President T. Raja Kumar. In the three-day meetings, members from international organizations and law enforcement agencies participated to discuss the latest innovations in AML compliance for businesses and entities. During three days of meetings, members discussed key points to protect organizations from money laundering, terrorist financing, and growing financial crimes. In the plenary meeting, members also discussed the rising money laundering cases in the Middle East. 

The FATF agreed to disclose data about crowdfunding for terrorism financing. Furthermore, delegates endorsed amendments to enhance measures to verify the businesses and non-profit organizations (NPOs). Additionally, FATF works on the country’s criminalization-prevention system and controls. 

FATF senior officials discussed the loopholes in the global AML measures to fully and adequately protect companies from financial crimes. This includes analyzing the onboarding system and Know Your Business (KYB) derivatives to secure organizations. They also urged member countries to strengthen law enforcement authorities to break the financial sources of the terrorist groups and destroy their landscape to accomplish a secure economic ecosystem.

The significant amendments are approved by the member states, which will create strict policies to verify businesses and users. It will raise the bar for criminals to process their illicit activities and provide real-time monitoring to report suspicious transactions of the customers. To further enhance security, they empowered the asset recovery networks (ARINs) and enforced collaboration with other financial authorities to accelerate asset-seizing procedures in money laundering cases.

The FATF added Indonesia as the 40th member of the delegation. The country passed a strict FATF investigation process, and after that, they got approval from all plenary meeting members. The delegation emphasized the Indonesian government’s compliance with strict regulations and resolved the remaining key points for a secure economic system. 

Members also stressed the evolving technology and proliferation of financial crimes through digital platforms. Effective and efficient AML measures are needed to secure the latest fintech industry. The amount of transactional organized crimes, including cyber-enabled fraud, has increased rapidly in recent years as digitalization reached worldwide. These kinds of crimes have the potential to cause enormous financial losses and damage confidence in digital verification platforms, which can have a terrible effect on people, organizations, and economies all around the world.

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