FATF President Xiangmin Liu (left), and Executive Secretary David Lewis talk to each other after a media conference in Paris. AP
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), set up by the G7 group of advanced economies to protect the global financial system, said Pakistan had substantially completed its two action plans, covering 34 items, as part of a bid to get off the list on which it has been since 2018.
But FATF said an on-site visit was warranted to verify that reforms had begun and were being sustained, as well as that the necessary political commitment remained in place to sustain improvement in the future.
"Pakistan is not being removed from the grey list today. The country will be removed from the list if it successfully passes the onsite visit," FATF president Marcus Pleyer told a news conference.
A man watches news channel flashing news regarding FATF decision, at a market in Karachi, Pakistan. AFP
The purpose of the onsite visit, he said, is to verify the completion of reforms to check whether it is sustainable and irreversible.
Pleyer did not give a date for the visit but said it would be before the body's October plenary, where an "informed decision" can be made whether to delist Pakistan.
Despite the remaining hurdle, Pakistani officials reacted positively to the news that the country had completed its action plan.
"With this, the exiting process from the gray list starts as per the FATF procedure," said Pakistan's Minister of State Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, who was representing Pakistan at the plenary in plenary.
Exiting the grey list has the potential to directly impact foreign inflows in Pakistan, specifically foreign portfolio investment and foreign direct investment, which could increase as a result, Saad Hashemy, executive director at BMA Capital Securities, told the media.
Pakistan once again failed in its bid to get out of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) grey list after the watchdog said on Friday that Islamabad will continue to remain in its “increased monitoring list.”
PM Shahbaz congratulated Foreign Minister Bilawal on completion of action plans set forth by the FATF to get out of the grey list. Shahbaz said that the entire foreign ministry team deserves appreciation.
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