Jul 17, 2019 Last Updated 4:41 PM, Jun 18, 2019

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The Hon. Nigel Clarke, DPhil., MP, is Jamaica's Minister of Finance and the Public Service and is Member of Parliament for St Andrew Northwestern. ...

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GOJ Aims to Strengthen AML/CFT Regime

Recently named Head of the Jamaican Delegation of the Caribbean Action Financial Task Force (CFATF), the Honourable Fayval Williams, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, speaking at the plenary of CFAFT held in Barbados last week stressed that, “Jamaica will intensify its efforts to bolster its Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism regime (AML/CFT).”

Minister Williams, a stout advocate of the AML/CFT Framework, expressed that it is imperative that Jamaica’s legislative and institutional framework is in full compliance with the Financial Action Task Force 40 Recommendations by 2020.

In addition, she noted that “this timeline is important to ensure that the country is not named as a country with “strategic deficiencies” and therefore subject to countermeasures by other countries.”

The Minister highlighted that the global financial system is uncompromising in this requirement
for all countries to have a strong AML/CFT system.

Financial Action Task Force (FATF) which is the parent organization of CFATF places countries
on surveillance if it considers that the country is not moving quickly enough to adopt the global

A strident Minister Williams said that “Jamaica has an obligation to be the best checkpoint it can
be to ensure that the financial system in Jamaica does not allow itself to be corrupted with
proceeds of crime and financing for terrorism.”

CFATF is a regional organization of twenty-five (25) states of the Caribbean Basin, Central and
South America, which have agreed to implement common countermeasures to address money

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