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On Nov. 9, 2023, the People’s Bank of China, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and the Monetary Authority of Macao signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen fintech innovation cooperation in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The Financial Intelligence Office of Macao presented statistics on the suspicious transaction reports that it received in the first quarter of 2023, highlighting a 13.5% increase compared to the same period in 2022.

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Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department labels Macao as a major money laundering country. As a Special Administrative Region of China, it is not a significant regional financial center. Macao's financial system includes offshore financial businesses and its gaming market is the world's largest by revenue; however, as of January 2021, the offshore regime will be permanently terminated. Primary sources of laundered funds, derived from local and overseas criminal activity, include gaming-related crimes, property offenses, and fraud. Macao is likely both a transit point and an end destination for such funds. The country's gaming market attracts those seeking anonymity or alternatives to China’s currency movement restrictions. Asian organized crime groups, including triads, are active in the gaming services and involved in illegal activities such as drug trafficking. The jurisdiction’s use of junket operators in the transfer and commingling of funds, as well as the absence of currency and exchange controls, present vulnerabilities for money laundering. In July 2020, the jurisdiction's financial intelligence unit released the latest suspicious transaction reports filed in the first half of 2020, which totaled 947.
-Source: 2021 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)


FATF i | 2013 Methodology

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 22 High : 0
Largely Compliant : 18 Substantial : 6
Partially Compliant : 0 Moderate : 3
Non-Compliant : 0 Low : 2

Macao's technical compliance was re-rated in a Oct. 1, 2019 follow-up report


Rank : 80/110
Score : 5.93/10


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Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 31/133
Score : 65/100