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AML/CFT Legislation in Bahamas

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Statutory AML/CTF Supervisors in Bahamas

The competent regulatory authorities in the Bahamas includes the following:

  • The Ministry of Finance
  • The Bahamas Central Bank
  • The Securities Commission
  • The Ministry of Economic Development
  • The Registry of Insurance
  • The Registry of Companies
  • The Compliance Commission

The Financial Intelligence Unit Act 2000 establishes and governs the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in the Bahamas. This is the agency responsible to receive, analyse, obtain and disseminate information received in suspicious transaction reports which relate to or may relate to the proceeds of crime as stated in the Proceeds of Crime Act and the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The Bahamas Central Bank regulates the banks and trust companies industry, the Securities Commission regulates the insurance industry, the Inspector of Financial and Corporate Services regulates financial and corporate service providers and the Gaming Board regulates casinos.

How to comply with AML obligations in Bahamas

The key AML legislative framework in the Bahamas includes:

  • The Proceeds of Crime Act 2018;
  • The Financial Transactions Reporting Act 2018 (FTRA)
  • The Financial Transactions Reporting Regulations 2018
  • The FIU Act 2000
  • The Financial Intelligence (Transactions Reporting) Regulations, 2001
  • The Anti-Terrorism Act 2018
  • The Anti-Terrorism Regulations 2019

Among others, reporting financial institutions in the Bahamas include, banks, trust companies, life insurance businesses, co-operative society, broker dealers, real estate brokers, a trustee or administration manager of superannuation schemes and borrowing, lending or investment companies.

The FTRA imposes mandatory obligations on your organisation if you are operating in the Bahamas as an AML reporting entity. The obligations include:  

  • Verifying the identity of existing and prospective customers and clients
  • Applying a risk-based approach
  • Applying CDD measures
  • Developing and implementing CDD measures
  • Developing and implementing an effective AML compliance programme
  • Maintaining verification and transaction records for not less than 5 (5) five years
  • Appointing a Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officerr
  • Employee training

What are my AML/CTF Reporting obligations

Where you have reasonable grounds to suspect that a transaction is relevant to the enforcement of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2000, you must report the transaction to the FIU. The Financial Transactions Reporting Regulations 2018 stipulates reporting thresholds for;

Occasional transactions

Patrons of gaming houses and casinos

Jewellers and dealers in precious stones and metals

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* This page is intended as general information only and should not be relied on as the sole source of information for your AML obligations and AML program. Please visit your local regulatory authority sites for the latest relevant and full information.

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