(AMLA) is the body established under the Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (Prevention and Control) Act, 2011-23 to supervise Barbados’ financial institutions and Designated Non-Financial Businesses & Professions (DNFBPs) in an effort to prevent money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing.
The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Barbados is responsible for the day to day work of the Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA).
The Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (Prevention and Control) Act, 2011-23 establishes a series of duties for financial institutions, non-financial business entities, professionals and certain other persons. These include:
1. Identification of customers.
2. Ongoing due diligence of transactions made in the course of business arrangements, to determine whether these are consistent with the knowledge available of the relevant customer, his commercial activities, if any, risk profile and, when required, the source of his funds.
3. Duty to keep records of business transactions and obtained evidence of identity of a person, for at least 5 years from the termination of the business arrangement or the transaction, where the transaction is an occasional one.
4. Development of internal policies to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism, audit functions to evaluate such policies and a procedure to audit compliance with the Act.
5. Development of internal reporting procedures, identifying a person to whom an employee is to report any information that gives rise to knowledge or suspicion that another person is engaged in money laundering or the financing of terrorism.
6. Internal employee training and awareness programs on the laws of Barbados relating to AML/CTF and on the recognition and handling of transactions involving money laundering or the financing of terrorism.
The Entities have to monitor and report to the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit:
1. Any business transaction where the identity of the person involved, the transaction or any other circumstance gives the entity or any officer or employee of the entity reasonable grounds to suspect that the transaction:
a. Involves proceeds of crime
b. Involves the financing of terrorism
c. Is of a suspicious or unusual nature
d. Is conducted by, or relates to, a person against whom a terrorist designation or a counter-proliferation designation order is in force or relates to the property of such a person.
2. Any exchange of currency or instruction for the transfer of international funds, whether by telegraph or wire, into and out of Barbados, where the transaction appears to be of a suspicious or an unusual nature.
The entities must also report any transfer of Barbadian currency or foreign currency into or out of Barbados, where it is more than $10,000 in value, to:
Where a report under this section is given to a customs officer, the officer will forward the report to the Director of the FIU.
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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.