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Wolfsberg Group publishes response to FATF Consultation relating to Non-Profit Organisations

The Group supports revisions to R.8/INR.8 designed to clarify how best to implement a risk-based approach, as well as addressing the negative impact of the over-application of preventive measures on legitimate NPO activities.

OECD issues policy guidance on mitigating the risks of illicit financial flows in oil commodity trading

Proposes a set of relevant, feasible actions for providers of official development assistance (ODA) to respond to IFFs in oil commodity trading. The aim is to enhance the mobilisation of domestic resources for the benefit of populations living in oil-producing developing countries, and enable integrity in their energy transition, particularly in carbon trade.

OECD releases paper on “Corruption, accountability & IFF in oil trading”

Focusing on the oil sector, and the unique challenges of addressing and regulating the oil commodity-trading sector, this paper examines the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), and the strengths and limits of the EITI Standard, through the lens of transparency…

IMF publishes working paper on taxing cryptocurrencies

The greatest challenges are for implementation: crypto’s quasi-anonymity is an inherent obstacle to third-party reporting.

SlowMist publishes 2023 Mid-Year Blockchain Report

Focuses on the safety of the blockchain ecosystem, summarising the major security incidents of the first half of 2023 and the recovery of funds, providing a comprehensive understanding of current and future blockchain security risks

FATF Plenary Outcomes, 21-23 June 2023

FATF Members agreed to publish the fourth targeted update on the implementation of the FATF Rec. on virtual assets and VASP. They also advanced the work on preventing the misuse of NPOs and agreed to release for public consultation potential revisions to Rec 8 and…

GFI explores new developments in illegal mining in Colombia and the issue of illicit financial flows

Illegal gold mining has emerged as a profitable revenue source for organized crime groups and has become a major concern for authorities due to its social and environmental impacts. Due to the transnational nature of illicit gold trafficking and limited traceability, it has become…

OECD publishes Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework and 2023 update to the Common Reporting Standard

CARF is intended to achieve transparency for transactions in crypto-assets by the annual, automatic exchange of crypto-asset transaction information among the participating jurisdictions whose tax residents hold or engage in crypto-asset transactions…

FATF updates table of consolidated assessment ratings

This table provides an up-to-date overview of the ratings that assessed countries obtained for effectiveness and technical compliance. FATF and FSRBs conduct peer reviews on an ongoing basis to assess how effectively their respective members’ AML/CFT measures…

BIS explores use of data, tech and collaboration to combat money laundering

BIS concludes Project Aurora; a proof of concept that explores new ways of combating money laundering with a combination of payments data, privacy-enhancing technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) and enhanced cooperation across institutions and borders…

TFG publishes ISO 20022: ‘The future of Payments is now’

FIs must adapt to changes and embrace opportunities that are here already, such as Open Banking, Open Finance, and Instant Payments. One major development that underpins a lot of payments innovation is ISO 20022, and banks need to adapt to stay ahead of the curve…

Wolfsberg Group response on ISO 20022 harmonisation requirements for cross-border payments

The Group has published its response to the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) report on ISO 20022 harmonisation requirements for cross-border payments.  It welcomes the CPMI’s proposed format and analysis of ways to improve harmonisation…