Gafilat has identified the outstanding tasks needed to bring up to date matters relating to financing terrorism, control of casinos and the inclusion of lawyers in the Mandated Persons category.
The ruling was made by the Financial Action Task Force for Latin America (Gafilat), who released the Mutual Evaluation Report, up to the date of the in situ visit made between November 23 and December 4, 2015.
Entrepreneurs who do business overseas could see their commercial operations affected if the country is included in the list of non cooperative nations in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing.
The demonstrated difficulty of the Solis administration in governing, understood as the management of conflicts between different sectors of the population, makes it difficult to be optimistic and believe that it eill be able to approve, before July 15th, the laws against money laundering and terrorism financing, which would prevent the country from being included in the list of non-cooperative countries on these issues.
The figure is an estimate made by the Intelligence Directorate in Costa Rica released by the US State Department, along with information that indicates a rise in criminal organizations based in the country, and little capacity to combat them.
Money laundering is a criminal activity that handles amounts that are difficult to measure. For example, the report "Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013" by Global Financial Integrity says that during the aforementioned 10 year period, the flow of illicit money from Costa Rica exceeded $11 billion, that is about $1.1 billion a year.
Confirmation has been given that the country is to be removed from the list compiled by the Financial Action Task Fprce a year and a half after adjusting laws and regulations for the financial sector.
The Minister of Economy and Finance in Panama, Dulcidio De La Guardia, confirmed that the removal of Panama from the gray list was approved during the plenary session of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) held on Thursday February 18 in Paris, France.
There were "few initiatives identified to combat the laundering of proceeds of crimes such as fraud, forgery, tax evasion and product piracy".
The real estate market, construction, legal services and casinos once again appear as the most susceptible to money laundering.
The ruling was made by the Financial Action Task Force for Latin America (Gafilat), which released a report on Anti-Money Laundering measures and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML / CFT) put in place in Costa Rica at the time of the site visit (19 the January 30, 2015).
In Panama the insurance market is strengthening preventive measures in order to get the country removed from the "gray list" of the International Financial Action Group.
The latest measure taken by the Superintendent of Insurance and Reinsurance was hosting the forum 'Measures for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism in the Insurance Sector' in which issues were addressed related to the prevention of money laundering and risk management in the sector.
The two nations have been included in the list of countries with deficiencies in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.
The Financial Action Group, assigned to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development noted that Panama and Nicaragua are in breach of the recommendations that the agency provides to improve controls for preventing money laundering in the financial system.
The Minister of Finance announced that the country did not pass the first stage of the review by the OECD because it has not implemented a law immobilizing bearer shares.
An assessment of tax transparency and exchange of information that would have been made by the Global Forum Organization for the OECD will prevent the country from being removed from the list of tax havens.
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