UAE Continues to Improve Anti-Money Laundering Measures Despite Remaining on FATF ‘Grey List’
Despite being on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) ‘grey list’, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made significant strides in addressing the deficiencies in its Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) framework. This information comes from a recent follow-up report by the FATF.
The ‘grey list’ refers to the FATF’s Enhanced Follow-Up process, which involves increased monitoring of countries with strategic deficiencies in their AML/CFT regimes. Despite this status, the UAE has shown considerable progress in its efforts to comply with international standards.
According to the FATF’s report, the UAE is now “compliant” with 15 of the forty FATF Recommendations, a set of measures that countries should implement to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. This marks a significant improvement in the UAE’s AML/CFT framework and demonstrates the country’s commitment to addressing the identified shortcomings.
The report’s findings were presented at the FATF plenary in Paris last month, where Hamid Alzaabi, Director of the UAE’s AML-CTF Executive Office, was in attendance. The meeting also included Xolisile Khanyile, director of South Africa’s Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) and chair of the Egmont Group, an international network of financial intelligence units.
While the UAE’s progress is commendable, the country’s continued presence on the FATF ‘grey list’ indicates that there is still work to be done. The UAE will need to continue its efforts to further strengthen its AML/CFT measures and fully align with the FATF Recommendations.
The FATF’s follow-up report serves as a reminder of the importance of robust AML/CFT frameworks in maintaining financial integrity and preventing illicit financial activities. It also underscores the FATF’s role in monitoring and promoting the implementation of these measures on a global scale.