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UAE Removed from FATF Gray List

Less than two years after being demoted to the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) “gray list,” the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been swiftly removed, signaling significant progress in the country’s efforts to combat illicit financial activities. The Paris-based watchdog acknowledged the UAE’s strengthened anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures, leading to the country’s exit from increased monitoring.

Implications of Delisting

1. Economic Boost:

  • Smoother foreign currency transactions.
  • Lower inter-bank fees.
  • Increased trade and investment opportunities.

2. Gradual Impact:

  • International compliance community may not immediately alter interactions.
  • Anticipate a gradual thawing rather than an instantaneous change.
  • The size of benefits will be influenced by specific actions by the UAE, reactions from other nations and financial institutions, and global geopolitical shifts.

Recent FATF Actions

1. New Entrants to Gray List:

  • Namibia and Kenya have been placed on the gray list following the latest FATF review.

2. Rapid Turnaround for UAE:

  • UAE’s addition to the increased monitoring list in March 2022 marked a swift transformation.


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