21 Feb 2006

World Bank report to identify any shortcomings in Fiji's financial institutions

2:26 pm on 21 February 2006

A report by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund on Fiji's financial institutions and their legal framework is expected to identify any shortcomings.

The chief executive officer of the Ministry of Justice, Sakiusa Rabuka, says they've recently enacted legislation to establish a financial intelligence unit, and regulated financial transactions and bank reporting to prevent money laundering.

He says a World Bank team is currently in Suva to investigate their financial institutions to see if Fiji meets international standards.

Mr Rabuka says they understand that having legislation is only the first step but being able to implement and monitor it is very important.

He says the team's report will make clear any issues.

"It's intended to firstly identify what we have. Number two, in the process of identifying the legal framework and other administrative measures, we would be in a position to identify the shortcomings. In that way, we would be able to seek technical assistance."

Mr Rabuka says this would include building the expertise of people within the Financial Intelligence Unit and increasing the capability of banks to conduct due diligence on customers.