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MBA November Newsletter

During the Covid pandemic, one of the key areas of the MBA’s work has been to ensure the orderly access to vaccination for bank employees. Through our membership of Business Mauritius, the MBA was instrumental in obtaining the reinstatement of the EDB’s booking facility. As of 24 November 2021, bank employees can book their vaccination slot via the Economic Development Board. This new mechanism will allow banks, and all private sector operators, to plan for an orderly 3rd dose vaccination. The MBA supports the national vaccination programme, and encourages employees across the banking sector to get vaccinated.
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MBA October Newsletter

Mauritius was taken off the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring, at its latest Plenary meeting held from 19 to 21 October 2021 in Paris, along with Botswana. In the course of this meeting, the list of jurisdictions under increased monitoring was revised, and progress made by various jurisdictions was reviewed. The FATF had recognised the significant progress made by Mauritius in addressing the strategic AML/CFT deficiencies identified earlier and included in its action plan. Mauritius will no longer be subject to the FATF’s increased monitoring process. Since the inclusion of Mauritius on the FATF’s list, the MBA has been active on many fronts, for the speedy completion of the national plan of action. Namely, on the national Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Committee, on Working Groups on Immediate Outcomes 3 & 4 (Supervision & Preventive Measures), with the implementation of Risk-Based Supervision by banks, as well as private sector interviews during the FATF onsite-visit on 13 to 15 September 2021. Mauritius will keep working with the FATF and ESAAMLG, to continue to strengthen its AML/CFT regime.
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Sortie de Maurice de la liste grise du GAFI

Bonne nouvelle pour le secteur financier: Maurice est désormais hors de la liste grise du Groupe d’Action Financière (GAFI)/Financial Action Task Force (FATF). L’annonce a été faite ce jeudi 21 octobre 2021, lors d’une conférence de presse animée par le Dr. Marcus Pleyer, Président du GAFI, qui a fait état de la détermination et du travail acharné abattu par la partie Mauricienne pour cela.
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Mauritius 4th Enhanced Follow-up Report & Technical Compliance Re-Rating – September 2021

On 7 October 2021, the FATF-Style Regional Body for the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAAMLG), has posted the 4th Follow-Up Report (FUR) for Mauritius on its website. Overall, Mauritius has made sufficient progress and its technical compliance with the FATF Recommendations has been revised. Mauritius is now Compliant on 26 of the 40 Recommendations, Largely Compliant on 13 and remains Partially Compliant on 1 Recommendation.
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MBA September Newsletter

Mauritius fully opened its borders to vaccinated international travellers on 1 October 2021, after a two-phased partial reopening strategy. Further relaxation of COVID-19 measures around the island also came into effect on the same date. The MBA recommends the continued use of digital channels for safety, and convenience.
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MBA August Newsletter

Capital Economics Report: On 30 August 2021, a report by Capital Economics on the contribution of Mauritian investments into Africa was released. Key findings of the report include that investments from Mauritius account for US$82bn (9% of Foreign Direction Investment into Africa), generate US$6bn annually in tax revenue for African states, and support 4.2 million jobs (which create an additional US$30bn in spending power).
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MBA July Newsletter

At its June 2021 Plenary, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) made “the initial determination that Mauritius has substantially completed its Action Plan and warrants an on-site assessment to verify that the implementation of Mauritius’s AML/CFT reforms has begun and is being sustained, and that the necessary political commitment remains in place to sustain implementation in the future.” On Friday 23 July, Cabinet took note that a delegation from The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Africa/Middle East Joint Group is looking to conduct an on-site visit from 13 to 15 September 2021 in Mauritius. On Friday 23 July, Mauritian authorities also submitted the latest progress report to the FATF, which will constitute the basis for the on-site inspection.
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FX Global Code Public Register for Mauritius hosted by MBA goes live

On Thursday 15 July 2021, the FX Global Code Participating Public Register for Mauritius, which is hosted by the Mauritius Bankers Association Limited (MBA), was admitted to the Global Index of Public Registers. Established by the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC), the Global Index is the official list of banks worldwide which adhere to the FX Global Code. Mauritius is only the 17th country to be admitted to the Global Index repository so far.
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MBA June Newsletter

On Wednesday 21 April 2021, the Mauritius Bankers’ Association Limited (MBA) met with the Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Planning, in the context of the pre-Budget Consultation exercise, and presented our 2021 Budget Memorandum. The theme for the MBA’s 2021 Budget Memorandum is Preserving Investor Confidence and Boosting Growth.
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