Facing the media at the weekly press conference of the ruling PPP, General Secretary, Clement Rohee could not easily say whether or not Guyana was actually up for review when a plenary of the International Financial Action Task Force met in Paris last week. The government was warning of a blacklist if amendments to the country’s anti-money laundering laws were not made, but with the government sending no team to Paris, it has now seems that the threats of blacklisting were part of the governments to rush the opposition into approving the amendments.
Last year, Guyana was up for review by the Caribbean arm of the Financial Action Task Force, and the government sent the Attorney General Anil Nandlall to head the team. This was despite the fact that the amendments were not made. The situation was the same for the Paris meeting, but the country was not asked to send representatives, or at least did not.
This weekend, the Trades Union Congress accused the government of creating hysteria, though Rohee denied this today, while at the same time indicating that the government may not have been invited at all to say what, if any progress was made in amending the country’s money laundering laws.
The Anti-money laundering law is still being fine-tuned by a Parliamentary committee, with the government not agreeing to proposals by the opposition APNU.