In October 2021, the FATF announced the removal of Botswana from the list of high-risk third countries with regards to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT). The country had previously been listed in 2018.
In its follow up report published in 2022, ESAAMLG noted that “Botswana has made progress progress in resolving the technical compliance shortcomings identified in its MER and FURs. The country has addressed the deficiencies in respect of Recommendations 8 and 25 which have been positively re-rated.”
Currently, Botswana is under the status of enhanced follow-up.
Since October 2020, the EU Global Facility on AML/CFT has been conducting various training and activities in Botswana, with the aim of helping the country rectify its strategic deficiencies in national anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing framework. The project welcomed very warmly the removal of Botswana from the FATF grey list, in light of all the efforts exerted by the authorities and stakeholders of the partner country.