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Cayman Islands AML Laws Achieve High Compliance Rating

by Amanda Banks, for, London

12 December 2007

The Cayman Islands has achieved a high compliance rating for its anti-money laundering and terrorist financing (AML&CFT) legislation, following a recent assessment of its legal regime by the Caribbean Financial Action Taskforce (CFATF).

The third-round evaluation of the jurisdiction's AML&CFT regimes by the CFATF concluded on 23 November, with the official approval of the report by the Taskforce at its 26th plenary and 14th ministerial meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The evaluation was based on the assessment team’s June 2007 visit, and it reported a “strong compliance culture” in the Cayman Islands’ financial services sector. The evaluation rated the Cayman Islands ‘compliant’ or ‘largely compliant’ with 38 out of the 40 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) AML recommendations and the nine CFT special recommendations (known as the FATF 40+9). This compared favourably with third-round evaluations to date of FATF countries.

The Cayman Islands’ third-round evaluation, together with those conducted by the FATF and other AML/CFT bodies, used the latest version (February 2007) of the FATF 40+9.

The Cayman Islands’ evaluation was the first to include experts from FATF countries as part of the assessment team, in this case the US and Canada, together with CFATF experts from The Bahamas, Jamaica and the CFATF secretariat in Trinidad.

“The CFATF report validates the Cayman Islands’ sustained and serious approach to compliance with international standards,” observed Cayman Islands’ Financial Secretary, Kenneth Jefferson. “We look forward to reporting to the CFATF plenary in May 2008 on progress on the handful of matters remaining to be addressed.”

The Cayman Islands was represented at the CFATF plenary by Cheryll Richards, solicitor general (head of delegation); Deborah Drummond, deputy financial secretary (financial services); Langston Sibblies, general counsel, Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA); Mitchell Scott, head of policy & development, CIMA; William Gilmore, expert advisor; Jacqui Jefferson-Ziemniak, assistant financial secretary; Gail Johnson-Goring, senior crown counsel; Lindsay Cacho, director, Financial Reporting Authority (FRA); Fred Heard, senior accountant, FRA; and Michelle Bahadur, senior assistant secretary, Portfolio of Finance & Economics.

“This 26th plenary and 14th ministerial in Costa Rica was very satisfying from the perspective of the level and quality of the debate on the evaluation reports up for CFATF approval. The Cayman Islands’ delegation and its evaluation team, as well as those of the two other countries, Bermuda and The Bahamas, are to be commended for this,” announced CFATF Executive Director Calvin Wilson.

The focus will now switch to implementation, under the auspices of the Cayman Islands’ Anti-Money Laundering Steering Group, of the matters in the evaluation report that indicate less than full compliance with the FATF 40+9.

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