Micronesia, Federated States of

New Documents

The Bank for International Settlements’ Innovation Hub published its work program for the 2021-22 fiscal year, highlighting central bank digital currencies, cybersecurity, and other areas of focus.

The United Kingdom’s Prudential Regulation Authority published Policy Statement 1/21 to make minor consequential amendments to the Notification Form and other updates to Senior Managers and Certification Regime Form L.

News

Enforcement Actions

Luxembourg’s Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier issued a €45,000 fine against the Grevenmacher, Luxembourg-based investment fund manager after an on-site inspection identified isolated anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing compliance failures.

The U.S. Justice Department entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the Indonesia-based global supplier of cigarette paper products to resolve charges that the company conspired to commit bank fraud in connection with the shipment of products to North Korean customers.


Key Documents

Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department identifies the Federated States of Micronesia as a monitored jurisdiction. The low level of financial sophistication makes the country at low risk for money laundering, terrorist financing and smuggled products. Corruption extends to directing public contracts and employment to unqualified companies or persons. The amount of proceeds derived from corruption, however, is difficult to estimate. There have been no arrests, prosecutions or convictions for money laundering since the Federated States of Micronesia criminalized the offense in 2001. The jurisdiction's financial intelligence unit, which is dependent for funding and staff on other governmental agencies, consists of a single police officer that has both criminal investigative and regulatory responsibilities. The Federated States of Micronesia has yet to criminalize terrorist financing or terrorist acts.
  • KYC Covered Entities:  Banks, cash dealers, insurers, bingo parlors, trustees, and money transaction services
  • STR Covered Entities: Banks
  • Enhanced Due Diligence Procedures for PEPs: Foreign: Yes; Domestic: Yes
  • Money Laundering Criminal Prosecutions/Convictions: Prosecutions: 1 (2015); Convictions: 1 (2015)
Source: 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)

Rankings

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Technical Effectiveness
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Largely Compliant : Substantial :
Partially Compliant : Moderate :
Non-Compliant : Low :

* As of July 24, 2018, an observer of APG

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