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What is GAFI

The Financial Action Task Force (GAFI) is an inter-governmental body whose purpose is the development and promotion of national and international policies to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. 

The FATF is therefore a 'policy-making body' created in 1989 that works to generate the necessary political will to bring about legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas. Since October 2001 it has spearheaded the effort to adopt and implement measures designed to counter the use of the financial system by criminals.

The FATF does not have a tightly defined constitution or an unlimited life span.  The Task Force reviews its mission every five years. 

The FATF monitors members' progress in implementing necessary measures, reviews money laundering and terrorist financing techniques and counter-measures and, through mechanisms of auto and mutual evaluation, promotes the adoption and implementation of appropriate measures globally. This evaluation is based on the Forty Recommendations and the Nine Special Recommendations.

The mutual evaluation Report on Portugal sets out Portugal’s levels of compliance with the 40+9 Recommendations and analyses the efficacy of the national system to prevent and combat money laundering and terrorist financing. It has been approved by the GAFI members at its I Plenary Session of 2006/07, between 11 and 13 October 2007.

For further information on GAFI, its Recommendations, the Methodology for Assessing Compliance or the evaluation reports already published, please access the site www.fatf-gafi.org.

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (GAFI)

The 40 Recommendations
07/02/2009 03:53 PM: v2- English published , 102 K
Money laundering methods and techniques change in response to developing counter-measures. These factors, combined with the experience gained through ...
Special recommendations on terrorist financing
07/02/2009 03:56 PM: v2- English published , 30 K
Recognising the vital importance of taking action to combat the financing of terrorism, the FATF has agreed these Recommendations, which, when combine...
Portugal's evaluation report by GAFI
07/02/2009 04:17 PM: v2- English published , 1.21 M
This report provides a summary of the AML/CFT measures in place in Portugal at March 2006 (the date of the on-site visit). The report describes and an...

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