Anguilla is not on the FATF List of Countries that have been identified as having strategic AML deficiencies
Compliance with FATF Recommendations
The last Mutual Evaluation Report relating to the implementation of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards in Anguilla was undertaken by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in 2012. According to that Evaluation, Anguilla was deemed Compliant for 11 and Largely Compliant for 17 of the FATF 40 + 9 Recommendations. It was Partially Compliant or Non-Compliant for 3 of the 6 Core Recommendations.
US Department of State Money Laundering assessment (INCSR)
Anguilla was deemed a ‘Monitored’ Jurisdiction by the US Department of State 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR). Key Findings from the report are as follows: -
Anguilla is a UK overseas territory with a population of approximately 15,000. There are few offenses committed on the island by the local populace that generate substantial monies or profits from crime. Domestic money laundering offenses tend to involve fraud, public corruption, and theft. The economy depends heavily on luxury tourism, offshore banking, lobster fishing, and remittances from emigrants. Increased activity in the tourism industry spurred the growth of the construction sector.
The financial sector is small in comparison to other jurisdictions in the Caribbean, but the ability to register companies online, the zero-tax regime, and the use of bearer shares make Anguilla vulnerable to money laundering. The biggest perceived money laundering threat continues to come from abuses of the offshore industry in relation to mutual funds, trusts, and international business companies (IBCs). IBCs are able to maintain bank accounts in Anguilla even though they are not required to have a physical presence in the jurisdiction and are not permitted to transact business in the jurisdiction. Thus, the true nature of business undertakings of IBCs is not always verifiable. The Anguilla Financial Services Commission maintains an updated website listing active market participants. There are seven licensed domestic and offshore banks, two money service businesses, and over 275 captive insurance companies.
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is Anguilla’s monetary authority. Anguilla’s currency is the East Caribbean (EC) dollar, used by eight of the nine ECCB jurisdictions. There is little evidence the common use of the EC dollar significantly raises the risk for money laundering.
There are no international sanctions currently in force against this country.
BRIBERY & CORRUPTION
Rating (100-Good / 0-Bad)
Transparency International Corruption Index N/A
World Governance Indicator – Control of Corruption 87
Anguilla has few natural resources, and the economy depends heavily on luxury tourism, offshore banking, lobster fishing, and remittances from emigrants. Increased activity in the tourism industry has spurred the growth of the construction sector contributing to economic growth. Anguillan officials have put substantial effort into developing the offshore financial sector, which is small but growing. In the medium term, prospects for the economy will depend largely on the tourism sector and, therefore, on revived income growth in the industrialized nations as well as on favorable weather conditions.
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