The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers of its Member jurisdictions. The objectives of the FATF are to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.
The FATF has developed a series of Recommendations that are recognised as the international standard for combating of money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The FATF monitors the progress of its members in implementing necessary measures, reviews money laundering and terrorist financing techniques and counter-measures, and promotes the adoption and implementation of appropriate measures globally. In collaboration with other international stakeholders, the FATF works to identify national-level vulnerabilities with the aim of protecting the international financial system from misuse.
FATF released the following public statement about Afghanistan on 24th Feb 2017;
“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 criminalizing 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”
Following the procedure, Afghanistan is expecting the on-site visit in a month. The on-site team will then submit its report to the next FATF plenary which will take place ending June 2017 as a step prior to delisting.