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Angolan Officials pay a study visit to FIU Mauritius

A significant event took place as delegates from Angola, representing various key authorities, visited FIU Mauritius to offer their expertise and support in the post Mutual Evaluation implementation process. The visit aimed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing between the two nations, particularly in the field of financial intelligence and compliance

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Illicit Financial Flows from Cyber-enabled Fraud

In recent years, cyber- enabled fraud is a major transnational organized crime that has grown significantly. On 9th November 2023, the FATF published a report on ‘Illicit Financial Flows from Cyber-enabled Fraud’ that identifies risk indicators and useful anti-fraud requirements and controls, that may help public and private sector entities detect and prevent cyber enabled fraud and related money laundering

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Amendments to FATF standards to strengthen Global Asset Recovery

In 16 November 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published amendments to the FATF Recommendations which will provide law enforcement, financial intelligence units, prosecutors, other asset recovery practitioners and competent authorities with a more robust toolkit to target and confiscate criminal assets

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Best Practices on Combatting the Abuse of Non-Profits Organizations

On 16th November 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has updated its Best Practices to reflect the amendments to Recommendation 8 and to help countries, the non-profit sector and financial institutions understand how to effectively protect relevant NPOs from abuse for terrorist financing, without unduly disrupting or discouraging legitimate NPO activities

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FATF Report – Crowdfunding for Terrorism Financing: Summary

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has published a report in October 2023 which discusses the significant international market of crowdfunding, its growth, and its potential for exploitation by terrorist actors. Crowdfunding is an innovative fundraising solution used for legitimate projects but can be abused for terrorist financing. The FATF conducted research showing that terrorist groups like ISIL, Al-Qaeda, and ethnically/racially motivated terrorists use crowdfunding to raise funds for their activities

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As evidenced in the mutual evaluation findings of the FSRBs, Sub Sahara African countries scored lower-level effectiveness in the field of AML/CFT/CPF. As of 24th February 2023, among the 23 jurisdictions under FATF’s increased monitoring (commonly known as grey list), 10 (about 43.48%) were African countries and 7 (30.43%) are from the ESCAY (Eastern, Central and Southern Africa and Yemen) region

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