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Circular to Licensed Corporations, SFC-licensed Virtual Asset Service Providers and Associated Entities - Anti-Money Laundering / Counter-Financing of TerrorismUnited Nations Sanctions (Haiti)

Circular to Licensed Corporations, SFC-licensed Virtual Asset Service Providers and Associated Entities

Anti-Money Laundering / Counter-Financing of Terrorism

United Nations Sanctions (Haiti) (Amendment) Regulation 2024

The United Nations Sanctions (Haiti) (Amendment) Regulation 2024 (the Haiti Amendment Regulation), made under the United Nations Sanctions Ordinance (Cap. 537) (UNSO), was published in the Gazette (L.N. 24 of 2024) on 23 February 2024 with immediate effect.

The Haiti Amendment Regulation amends the United Nations Sanctions (Haiti) Regulation to give effect to certain decisions relating to sanctions in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2700 in respect of Haiti which include the renewal of the travel ban, financial sanctions and arms embargo, revision of the scope of arms embargo as well as reflection of the new exemption requirements relating to arms embargo.

The Haiti Amendment Regulation can be found on the Government’s website (https://www.gld.gov.hk/egazette/pdf/20242808/es22024280824.pdf).

Licensed corporations, SFC-licensed virtual asset service providers and associated entities are reminded to refer to Chapter 6 of the Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (For Licensed Corporations and SFC-licensed Virtual Asset Service Providers) (AML/CFT Guideline) which contains guidance on the appropriate measures that licensed corporations, SFC-licensed virtual asset service providers and associated entities should take to ensure compliance with the regulations made under the UNSO1.

Should you have any queries regarding the contents of this circular, please contact Ms Kiki Wong at 2231 1569 who will assist in referring your queries to the relevant officer.

Intermediaries Supervision DepartmentIntermediaries DivisionSecurities and Futures Commission

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SFO/IS/010/2024

1 Under paragraph 6 of the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Guideline issued by the Securities and Futures Commission for Associated Entities of Licensed Corporations and SFC-licensed Virtual Asset Service Providers, associated entities that are not authorized financial institutions are expected to have regard to the provisions of the AML/CFT Guideline as if they were themselves licensed corporations and/or SFC-licensed virtual asset service providers.


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