The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has launched an initiative to encourage the adherence of all countries and jurisdictions to international financial standards, including by identifying non-co-operative jurisdictions and assisting them to improve their adherence.
The initial focus of the initiative is on adherence to international co-operation and information exchange standards in the financial regulatory and supervisory area. Financial markets are global in scope and, therefore, weaknesses in co-operation and information exchange can undermine the efforts of regulatory and supervisory authorities to ensure that laws and regulations are followed and that the global operations of the financial institutions for which they have responsibility are adequately supervised.
Under this initiative, the FSB will invite jurisdictions for which there is not sufficient evidence at present of adherence to the relevant co-operation and information exchange standards to engage in dialogue in order to further evaluate their compliance and to identify ways by which it can be improved. To promote adherence, the FSB will consider a toolbox of possible measures. These measures include policy dialogue and technical assistance, as well as the option of publishing by the end of 2010 the names of non-cooperative jurisdictions in the event that other measures are not achieving sufficient progress.
The FSB’s initiative responds to a call by the G20 Leaders at the April 2009 London Summit. It complements similar initiatives by the Global Forum and OECD to promote adherence to international standards in the tax area, and by FATF for standards concerning anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism. A detailed description of the initiative is available on the FSB website.
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