On 24 June 2020, FATF President Xiangmin Liu chaired the third and last Plenary meeting under the Chinese Presidency. During the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FATF keep working hard especially as the new money laundering and terrorist financing threats is emerging.
AML/CTF risks for virtual currencies and stablecoins were part of the subjects on the table.
Scorechain has listed important outcomes of the session:
Regarding the risk mitigation of money laundering and terrorist financing of virtual assets:
- FATF has recognised improvements made by the crypto industry to comply with FATF standards and recommendations especially regarding travel rule
- FATF has highlighted the need for further guidance on virtual assets and VASPs
- By Oct 2021 FATF will publish red flags indicators and case studies for the crypto industry
The full 12-month review will be published at the beginning of July and a 12-month review will be conducted again until June 2021.
Regarding the FATF Report to the G20 about stablecoins
- The report asked on stablecoins more specifically on “global stablecoins” (i.e. those with potential for mass-adoption)
- FATF says global stablecoins could potentially cause a shift in the virtual asset ecosystem and have implications for money laundering and terrorist financing risks
- FATF has recognised the necessity to monitor stablecoins especially anonymous peer-to-peer transactions via unhosted wallets.
- Finally, FATF has identified 4 areas that require further attention: e.g. FATF standards need to be updated to cover stablecoins in particular and the development of guidance for jurisdictions on so-called stablecoins and virtual assets
The full report will be publicly released at the beginning of July.
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