UAE, other countries removed from international money laundering watchlist

An international watchdog said Friday that it was removing the United Arab Emirates from its so-called gray list of countries that don’t take full measures to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.

The announcement was made by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force following its meeting in the French capital. The FATF welcomed the UAE’s “significant progress in improving” its anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing policies.

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A picture taken from “the View at Palm” shows the the Burj al-Arab and a view of the Gulf emirate of Dubai on January 10, 2022.  (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

Barbados, Gibraltar and Uganda will also be removed from the FATF’s gray list, the watchdog said in a statement Friday following its plenary meetings.

They “will no longer be subject to the FATF’s increased monitoring process,” the watchdog said in a statement.

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Being on the watchdog’s gray list can scare away investors and creditors, hurting exports, output and consumption. It also can make global banks wary of doing business with a country.

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