Belize

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Regulators in Belize, including Belize’s Central Bank and Financial Intelligence Unit issued two advisories, alerting regulated institutions to statements by the Financial Action Task Force updating its list of high-risk jurisdictions.

The Financial Intelligence Unit of Belize issued a public advisory highlighting the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force’s Public Statement on Dec. 11, 2021 concerning Sint Maarten’s anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing progress.

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Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department labels Belize as a major money laundering jurisdiction.  Belize has an active offshore financial sector but is not a key regional financial player.  It is particularly susceptible to illicit trafficking, illegal migration, transnational criminal organizations and corruption. Money laundering proceeds are often related to the trafficking of illegal narcotics, tax evasion and securities fraud. Belize’s vulnerability to money laundering is due to the lack of enforcement of its laws and regulations, its cash based economy and its porous borders. However, the country’s government has made efforts to strengthen its anti-money laundering regulatory regime. Belize has comprehensive customer due diligence (CDD) and suspicious transactions reporting regulations. Politically exposed persons are subject to enhanced due diligence.
-Source: 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)

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FATF i

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 2 High :
Largely Compliant : 9 Substantial :
Partially Compliant : 21 Moderate :
Non-Compliant : 17 Low :

BASEL i

Rank : 46/141
Score : 5.64/10

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL i

Rank : N/A
Score : N/A

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 110/133
Score : 74/100