Speakers identified for 4th Dutch Caribbean AML & Gaming Forum

Minister of TEAT Stuart Johnson


POND ISLAND, Sint Maarten – The Government of Sint Maarten via the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT) and GovRisk (UK) proudly announce that the 4th Dutch Caribbean AML (Anti-Money Laundering) & Gaming Regulation Forum has released its speakers lists that includes AML/CFT (Combating the Financing of Terrorism) and Gaming & AML Regulation experts Alan Pedley, Tony Clark, Delaware State Police Detective Sergeant David Hanich, former Bahamas Senator Cheryl Bazard and National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) Executive Director, Keith Whyte, who will be sharing their extensive expertise in this area.

Over 100 casino directors, gaming regulators, compliance officers, law enforcement personnel and representatives from the legal and banking sectors from across five Caribbean jurisdictions will attend the event, which is taking place at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino and Spa at Maho from the 4th-7th June 2019.

“Jurisdictions within the Region have to ensure that the regulatory regime related to AML and CFT must remain robust, relevant and in line with international norms.  The Forum provides this opportunity to learn international best practices and the latest trends from the Financial Action Task Force,” Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Stuart Johnson said on Friday.

The agenda points for the forum are: Banks Are De-Risking Due to Perceived High-Risk Sectors in the Caribbean Jurisdictions – Some Strategies and Possible Solutions; Best Practices in Customer Due Diligence (CDD) & Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) – For the Banks, Gaming Operators, Lotteries & the Designated Non-Financial Businesses & Professions (DNFBPs); Digital Currencies & Blockchain Technologies for Gaming, Financial, Telecoms and other Sectors in Smaller Jurisdictions; Regulating Online Gambling; Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) – Risks and Opportunities; Regulations, Standards & Best Practices; Regulatory Frameworks & Licensing Regimes: Make the Right Choices; Problem Gambling & Responsible Gaming; Preparing for CFATF (Committee Financial Action Task Force) 4th Round of Mutual Evaluations – Identifying AML Risks & Taking Steps; FinTech – Economic Diversification, Financial Services Sector Development & Telecoms Opportunities; The Important Role of the FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit)/MOT in Sint Maarten, Aruba, Curacao & Suriname; Sports Betting – Opportunities & Risks for Regulators, Operators and Players; and GDPR Data Protection – The Implications for the Dutch Caribbean jurisdictions.

Minister Johnson is calling on businesses in the aforementioned area of AML & Gaming Regulation and support sectors to sign-up to attend the Forum.

Focusing on Sint Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao & Suriname; this unique, regional event brings together key stakeholders such as: Banks – Compliance Officers & Internal Risk Managers; Central Banks, Regulatory & Supervisory Bodies; Financial Intelligence Units, Treasury & Revenue, Law Enforcement; Casinos, Lotteries, Slot & Arcade Operators; Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs) such as: Law Firms, Auditors & Accountants, Insurance Firms, Real Estate Agents, Car Dealers, Jewellers, Credit Unions & Charities.

The 4th Dutch Caribbean Forum will focus on the next round of CFATF Mutual Evaluations (for Sint Maarten this will be in 2022) and aims to enhance cooperation, foster greater transparency and promote best practice in both regulation and compliance for all the key stakeholders in the Dutch Caribbean jurisdictions.

All Training Sessions, Workshops, Debates and Discussions will be led by international experts that will address global regulatory standards and strategies to reduce the risk of criminal activity and increase compliance & transparency.

To REGISTER for the forum, simply follow this link: www.govrisk.org/DCGRF2019. Click on Register, then input the special discount code TEATT and follow the process through to the end.

This four-day forum is being delivered by UK Financial Crime Prevention Training & Consultancy provider GovRisk with the support of Sint Maarten’s and Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications (TEATT). GovRisk is an organization which specialises in the delivery of high-level Training and Consultancy in the fields of Anti-Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering, Good Governance and Transparency.