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Gibraltar Whitelisted by the FATF

23 February 2024

Gibraltar Whitelisted by FATF

On 23rd February 2024 Gibraltar was whitelisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). This marks a significant accomplishment in Gibraltar’s efforts to combat financial crime and uphold international standards of anti-money laundering (AML), combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) and counter proliferation financing (CPF). The FATF decision came as expected news in light of Gibraltar’s dedicated focus on FATF recommendations and the increased oversight and control over money laundering, terror and proliferation financing.

The decision to whitelist Gibraltar by the FATF comes after a period of rigorous evaluation and assessment of the jurisdiction's AML and CFT/CPF frameworks and practices. Gibraltar's commitment to meeting international standards in financial regulation and transparency has been evident through various initiatives and reforms undertaken. These efforts have positioned Gibraltar as a responsible and compliant international finance centre, dedicated to fostering a safe and transparent environment for financial transactions and business.

 

What is the FATF?

The FATF is a global watchdog that combats money laundering and terrorist financing. Established in 1989, its primary objective is to devise and recommend measures to prevent illicit financial activities on an international scale.

Operating through a system of recommendations, the FATF sets standards and guidelines for its member countries to curb financial abuse. Monitoring the implementation of these recommendations worldwide by way of mutual evaluation peer reviews, the FATF plays a key role in ensuring compliance and accountability in the global financial system.

Countries that fail to cooperate adequately with the FATF's directives risk being blacklisted, signalling their non-compliance with international anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing standards. Jurisdictions that demonstrate a willingness to collaborate with the FATF to enhance their regulatory frameworks but still fall short of full compliance may find themselves on the grey list.

 

Significance

Gibraltar's whitelisting by the FATF is significant. It signifies international recognition of Gibraltar's robust regulatory infrastructure and its effectiveness in mitigating risks associated with financial crime. The FATF whitelist serves as a seal of approval, indicating that Gibraltar's AML and CFT/CPF regimes are on par with the highest global standards, thereby enhancing investor confidence and promoting economic stability.

 

Key Stakeholders' Contributions

Achieving FATF whitelisting would not have been possible without the concerted efforts of various Gibraltar stakeholders, including government agencies, regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies and the private business sector. The stakeholders have collaborated to strengthen Gibraltar's AML and CFT/CPF frameworks, implement best practices, and enhance regulatory oversight. Their commitment and dedication have been instrumental in ensuring Gibraltar's compliance with FATF standards and its subsequent whitelisting.

 

Future Commitments and Planning

While celebrating this achievement, Gibraltar remains committed to maintaining the highest standards of AML and CFT/CPF compliance. The path to FATF whitelisting has been marked by ongoing reforms and enhancements to regulatory frameworks. Gibraltar is poised to build upon this momentum in the years to come. The Government of Gibraltar’s emphasis on forward planning underscores Gibraltar's proactive approach to ensuring long-term alignment with international standards and safeguarding its reputation as a whitelisted jurisdiction.

 

Continued Collaboration and Progress

Looking ahead, Gibraltar will continue to collaborate closely with international partners and regulatory bodies to further strengthen its AML/CFT/CPF frameworks and tools to effectively combat financial crime. This includes ongoing cooperation with FATF and other relevant stakeholders to address emerging threats and vulnerabilities in the financial system. By fostering a culture of collaboration and information sharing, Gibraltar aims to enhance its resilience and adaptability in the face of evolving challenges.

 

Conclusion

Gibraltar's FATF whitelisting represents a significant achievement and validation of the jurisdiction’s commitment to upholding the highest standards of financial regulation and transparency. This designation not only enhances Gibraltar's reputation as a responsible and compliant financial jurisdiction, but it also reinforces Gibraltar’s position as a trusted partner in the global fight against financial crime. As Gibraltar looks towards the future, it remains steadfast in its commitment to continuous improvement and collaboration, ensuring a secure and transparent financial environment for all stakeholders.

 

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