In 2002 the Cook Islands were removed from the OECD blacklist (See, APN, XI, No. 2), and, on May 7, 2003, the Parliament of the Cook Islands passed a suite of Acts to update its money laundering prevention laws and procedures with the expectation of also being removed from the FATF blacklist.
The Cook Islands and Nevis have recently enacted anti-money laundering legislation in response to being included in negative reports issued earlier this year by the OECD and the FATF. Neither enactment will have any negative effect on legitimate asset protection planning.
With this issue we continue our periodic review of selected offshore jurisdictions. As indicated by the above subtitle, in this issue we will review the Commonwealth of the Bahamas (“the Bahamas”).