Sri Lanka has been removed from the “Grey List” of the international terror financing watchdog FATF. The island nation will no longer be subject to the Financial Action Task Force’s monitoring under its on-going global anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance process, the Colombo Gazette reported. The FATF, whose five-day plenary concluded in Paris, said Sri Lanka made significant progress in addressing the strategic AML/CFT deficiencies identified earlier.
- In October 2016, the FATF announced that Sri Lanka will be subjected to a review of the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) of the terror financing watchdog to assess the progress of AML/CFT effectiveness in the country.
- The Paris based organisation indicated Sri Lanka had not made sufficient progress in four parameters — international cooperation, supervision, legal persons and arrangements and targeted financial sanctions on proliferations (North Korea and Iran).
- At its meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October 2017, the FATF listed Sri Lanka as a jurisdiction with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies which is more commonly identified as “Grey List” and provided a time-bound action plan.
- The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.
- On 18 October 2019, the FATF retained Pakistan on its “Grey List” and warned it of getting blacklisted, if it does not control terror funding by February next year.