Hong Kong, China

Member since 1991

In 2019, the FATF and the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) jointly assessed the effectiveness of Hong Kong, China's measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, and their compliance with FATF Recommendations. 

Following this mutual evaluation, Hong Kong, China will report back regularly about its progress in addressing the techical compliance deficiencies.  FATF may rerate the country to reflect this progress, but this follow-up process does not focus on effectiveness. The effectiveness of Hong Kong, China's actions to combat money laundering and terrorist financing will be assessed in the 5th round of mutual evaluations. 

Hong Kong, China's measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing

4 Sep 2019

Hong Kong, China has a sound regime to fight money laundering and terrorist financing that is delivering good results. However, it must enhance prosecution of money laundering involving crimes committed abroad and strengthen supervision of certain non-financial businesses.
Mutual Evaluation of Australia-2015

Ratings

Technical Compliance

Ratings which reflect the extent to which a country has implemented the technical requirements of the FATF Recommendations.

Hong Kong, China - Mutual Evaluation 2019

R.1 - Assessing risk & applying risk-based approach
LC
R.2 - National cooperation and coordination
LC
R.3 - Money laundering offence
LC
R.4 - Confiscation and provisional measures
LC
R.5 - Terrorist financing offence
LC
R.6 - Targeted financial sanctions related to terrorism & terrorist financing
C
R.7 - Targeted financial sanctions related to proliferation
C
R.8 - Non-profit organisations
C
R.9 - Financial institution secrecy laws
C
R.10 - Customer due diligence
LC
R.11 - Record keeping
LC
R.12 - Politically exposed persons
PC
R.13 - Correspondent banking
C
R.14 - Money or value transfer services
LC
R.15 - New technologies
LC
R.16 - Wire transfers
LC
R.17 - Reliance on third parties
LC
R.18 - Internal controls and foreign branches and subsidiaries
LC
R.19 - Higher-risk countries
LC
R.20 - Reporting of suspicious transactions
LC
R.21 - Tipping-off and confidentiality
C
R.22 - DNFBPs: Customer due diligence
PC
R.23 - DNFBPs: Other measures
LC
R.24 - Transparency and beneficial ownership of legal persons
LC
R.25 - Transparency and beneficial ownership of legal arrangements
PC
R.26 - Regulation and supervision of financial institutions
PC
R.27 - Powers of supervisors
LC
R.28 - Regulation and supervision of DNFBPs
LC
R.29 - Financial intelligence units
PC
R.30 - Responsibilities of law enforcement and investigative authorities
C
R.31 - Powers of law enforcement and investigative authorities
C
R.32 - Cash couriers
C
R.33 - Statistics
C
R.34 - Guidance and feedback
LC
R.35- Sanctions
LC
R.36 - International instruments
LC
R.37 - Mutual legal assistance
LC
R.38 - Mutual legal assistance: freezing and confiscation
LC
R.39 - Extradition
LC
R.40 - Other forms of international cooperation
LC

C = compliant   |   LC = largely compliant     |   PC = partially compliant   |   NC = non-compliant

Effectiveness

Ratings that reflect the extent to which a country's measures are effective. The assessment is conducted on the basis of 11 immediate outcomes, which represent key goals that an effective AML/CFT system should achieve.

Ratings that reflect the extent to which a country's measures are effective. The assessment is conducted on the basis of 11 immediate outcomes, which represent key goals that an effective AML/CFT system should achieve.

Hong Kong, China - Mutual Evaluation 2019

IO1
SE
IO2
SE
IO3
ME
IO4
ME
IO5
ME
IO6
SE
IO7
ME
IO8
SE
IO9
SE
IO10
SE
IO11
ME

HE = high level of effectiveness   |   SE = substantial level of effectiveness    |   ME = moderate level of effectiveness   |   LE = low level of effectiveness

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