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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

Offshore financial centers, which nowadays account for a significant portion of global financial flows, typically do better than many countries in complying with international standards and codes of good practice, and in cooperating and sharing information among regulatory bodies, reflecting the on-average higher incomes of these centers. A staff report on the initial assessment phase of the IMF program noted that 41 of 44 contacted jurisdictions had been appraised, and these centers have published their reports.

International Monetary Fund

This paper reviews Financial Sector Regulation and Supervision for Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). The TCI has a structure for financial supervision that encompasses banking, insurance, mutual funds, investment brokers, trusts, trustees, companies’ registration, and company service providers. The supervisory framework has undergone major modifications since 2000, but further strengthening of the legal and institutional framework is needed. The Financial Services Commission has been transformed into a statutory body and given additional autonomous powers for supervision. Underlying financial ordinances have been amended to bring them more in line with international standards.

International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

This paper discusses key findings and recommendations made in Financial System Stability Assessment for Turks and Caicos Islands. Although the financial oversight framework has significantly improved, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) should strive for further progress. Major advances have been made regarding the operational independence of the FSC and staffing. Nonetheless, the outdated Banking Ordinance and Insurance Ordinance need urgent overhaul. The functioning of the FSC should be strengthened by enhancing Board oversight, filling key positions at Board and senior management levels, strengthening communication and consultation with the industry, and improving the supervision and risk assessment capacities of FSC staff.