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FATF PUBLIC STATEMENTS ABOUT AFGHANISTAN




“The FATF welcomes Afghanistan’s significant progress in improving its AML/CFT regime and notes that Afghanistan has established the legal and regulatory framework to meet its commitments in its action plan regarding the strategic deficiencies that the FATF had identified in June 2012. Afghanistan is therefore no longer subject to the FATF’s monitoring process under its on-going global AML/CFT compliance process. Afghanistan will work with APG as it continues to address the full range of AML/CFT issues identified in its mutual evaluation report, in particular, fully implementing the cross-border regulations at its official land border crossing points.”

“Since June 2012, when Afghanistan made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to address its strategic AML/CFT deficiencies, Afghanistan has substantially addressed its action plan at a technical level, including by: (1) introducing mechanisms for policy and operational level coordination on AML/CFT; (2) adequately criminalising money laundering and terrorist financing; (3) establishing adequate provisions for freezing and asset confiscation; (4) establishing a targeted financial sanctions framework; (5) establishing an adequate supervisory and oversight system; (6) improving the legal status and resources of the FIU; (7) and developing a cross-border currency declaration system. The FATF will conduct an on-site visit to confirm that the process of implementing the required reforms and actions is underway to address deficiencies previously identified by the FATF.” 

“In June 2012, Afghanistan made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to address its strategic AML/CFT deficiencies. Afghanistan has taken significant steps to improve its AML/CFT regime, including issuance of a freeze order that automatically requires the implementation of changes to the UNSCR 1267 list. However, Afghanistan should provide additional information regarding the implementation of its legal framework for identifying, tracing and freezing terrorist assets. The FATF encourages Afghanistan to continue implementing its action plan to address the remaining AML/CFT deficiency”

 “In June 2012, Afghanistan made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to address its strategic AML/CFT deficiencies. Since February 2016, Afghanistan has taken additional steps to improve its AML/CFT regime, including to implement the freezing of terrorist assets requirements. However, the FATF has determined that certain strategic deficiencies remain in implementing its legal framework for identifying, tracing and freezing terrorist assets. The FATF encourages Afghanistan to continue implementing its action plan to address its AML/CFT deficiencies.” 

“In June 2012, Afghanistan made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to address its strategic AML/CFT deficiencies. Since October 2015, Afghanistan has taken steps towards improving its AML/CFT regime, including by issuing amended cross-border declaration regulations for the physical transportation of cash and bearer negotiable instruments. However, the FATF has determined that certain strategic deficiencies remain. Afghanistan should continue to implement its action plan, including by: (1) further implementing its legal framework for identifying, tracing and freezing terrorist assets; (2) implementing an adequate AML/CFT supervisory and oversight programme for all financial sectors; and (3) implementing effective controls for cross-border cash transactions. The FATF encourages Afghanistan to address its remaining deficiencies and continue the process of implementing its action plan”

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