Mauritius has been one among the early countries to have been assessed under the Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP). The assessment of standards and codes found a high level of compliance with internationally accepted norms and best practices. The FSAP also emphasized that Mauritius has taken several major steps to align its AML/CFT framework with international standards. It provides a clear national strategy on AML/CFT, which gives strategic directions to all local AML/CFT stakeholders, shows commitment to regional and international AML/CFT standards and at the same time, ensures the competitiveness of its international financial services sector.
Mauritius has enacted AML/CFT legislation, to deal with the prevention of corruption, fraud, financial crime, money laundering and terrorism activities. These include, namely, the Financial Intelligence and Anti Money Laundering Act (FIAMLA), the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The Financial Intelligence Unit has been set up with enactment of the FIAMLA in 2002.