FATF Annual Report 2020-2021

FATF Annual Report 2020-2021

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The FATF Annual Report 2020-2021 sets out the achievements of the FATF under the first year of the Germany Presidency of Dr. Marcus Pleyer.

This Plenary year, we have continued to face the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. As millions struggle to cope with its devastating impact, the FATF was able to carried out crucial work.

Among this year's achievements: 

  • Digital transformation - two public reports on the opportunities and challenges of new technologies in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • Money laundering from environmental crime - a milestone report, followed by a public webinar on this growing problem which is plundering the world's natural resources. 
  • Trade-based money laundering - a detailed report on one this method of money laundering, one of the most frequently used, complemented by risk indicators and a public webinar.  
  • Ethnically or racially motivated terrorism - a report that identifies common structural characteristics and patterns of the funding behind this complex phenomenon.
  • New Guidance - a proliferation financing risk assessment and mitigation guidance, as well as a risk-based supervision guidance and a report on virtual assets - red flag indicators of money laundering and terrorist financing. 
  • Mutual evaluations - despite a pause in its assessment programme due to COVID-19, the FATF was able to have virtual discussions of the mutual evaluations of three of its members and complete the publication of one of these assessments. The FATF also published follow-up reports of six of its members.