CFATF Public Statement on Sint Maarten at L Plenary St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda, November 27th, 2019
The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) is an organisation of twenty-five jurisdictions of the Caribbean
Basin Region, which have agreed to implement the international standards on Combatting Money Laundering and
the Financing of Terrorism & Proliferation (The FATF Recommendations). In order to protect the international
financial system from money laundering and financing of terrorism (ML/FT) risks and to encourage greater
compliance with the AML/CFT standards, the CFATF identifies jurisdictions that have strategic deficiencies and works
with them to address those deficiencies that pose a risk to the international financial system.
Jurisdictions with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies that have not made sufficient progress in addressing the
deficiencies. The CFATF calls on its members to consider the risks arising from the deficiencies associated with
the jurisdiction, as described below.
The CFATF recognizes the progress made by Sint Maarten to date in addressing the deficiencies identified in its
Mutual Evaluation Report. However, the CFATF is concerned by Sint Maarten’s failure to address remaining
deficiencies in its anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime after the High-
Level Mission that visited the country on August 24th, 2018 and the Plenary’s requirement to overcome such
deficiencies by February 2019, which has not been achieved as verified at the CFATF May and November 2019
The CFATF urges Sint Maarten to immediately address its AML/CFT deficiencies including bringing the necessary
outstanding legislation into force and effect. In the event of failure to act on this requirement, the CFATF may call
its member jurisdiction to apply countermeasures on the country as set out in the procedures for the third stage of
Enhanced Follow-Up, which entails the application of Rec. 21 of the FATF Standards of 2003, in order to protect their
financial systems from the ongoing ML and TF risks emanating from Sint Maarten.
The CFATF LI Plenary will review if additional progress has been made by Sint Maarten.