…. says ‘narcotics trafficking, government corruption are the primary sources of laundered funds’
The United States’, Department of State, International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), volume two of March 2018 has listed Guyana, among many other countries, as “Major Money Laundering Jurisdictions in 2017.”
The report noted that while Guyana has made much progress on the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) front more training, education, and resources are needed in the future.
In its 2018 overview of Guyana, the INCSR posited that “narcotics trafficking and government corruption are the primary sources of laundered funds.”
Secondary sources the report outlined are “human trafficking, illicit gold mining, contraband, and tax evasion.”
According to the US report, ” Guyana is a transit country for South American cocaine destined for Europe, the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. Cocaine is concealed in legitimate commodities and smuggled via commercial maritime vessels, air transport, human couriers, or the postal services. Traffickers are attracted to Guyana’s remote airstrips, porous land borders, and weak security infrastructure. Largely unregulated currency exchange houses, used to transfer funds to and from the diaspora, pose a risk to Guyana’s AML regime.”
Moreover, the report said that the “business community’s lack of cooperation also hinders Guyana’s AML efforts.”
It was outlined that Guyana should continue to provide training to “increase awareness and understanding of AML laws within the judiciary and agencies with investigative authority for financial crimes” while “suspicious activity reporting, wire transfers, and customer due diligence regulations should be strengthened and additional resources given to the FIU and SOCU.”