The Seychelles has been upgraded on five recommendations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) following the 45th meeting of the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG).
The upgrade shows progress in strengthening measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing. Seychelles has made progress in addressing deficiencies against recommendations 5, 19, 25, 28, and 34, relating to terrorist financing offense, higher-risk countries, transparency and beneficial ownership of legal persons, regulation and supervision of designated non-financial business or professions, and guidance and feedback.
Seychelles is now compliant or largely compliant with 34 of the 40 FATF recommendations.
The Seychelles delegation attended the task force meeting to build on bilateral and multilateral relationships with international partners and counterparts to increase efforts in the international fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. The delegation also took part in sub-committee meetings, with the deputy director of the Seychelles Financial Intelligence Unit presenting a national risk assessment on virtual assets and virtual assets service providers done in the island nation. The ESAAMLG meeting also included briefings on ongoing preparations for the third round of mutual evaluations, which will start in June 2025.