In February 2013, Cuba made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and GAFISUD to address its strategic AML/CFT deficiencies. Since October 2013, Cuba has taken significant steps towards improving its AML/CFT regime, including by enacting two Decree-Laws enhancing the criminalization of money laundering and terrorist financing, the framework for freezing terrorist assets, and preventive measures for financial institutions.
However, the FATF has determined that certain strategic AML/CFT deficiencies remain. Cuba should continue to work on implementing its action plan to address these deficiencies, including by:
(1) addressing the remaining issues in the criminalization of money laundering
(2) ensuring adequate procedures to identify and freeze terrorist assets;
(3) ensuring comprehensive customer due diligence measures and suspicious transaction reporting requirements;
(4) ensuring that appropriate laws and procedures are in place with regard to international cooperation and mutual legal assistance.
The FATF encourages Cuba to address its remaining deficiencies and continue the process of implementing its action plan.
Under the Russian Presidency, the second FATF Plenary meeting of FATF-XXV was held on 12-14 February.
FAFT: The Financial Action Task Force.
AML/CFT: Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism.