The APG Implementation Issues Working Group (IIWG), in partnership with the World Bank and Bank Negara Malaysia, successfully piloted a Strategic Implementation Planning (SIP) Framework at a workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1 to 4 April 2008. Both the World Bank and the Government of Canada providing funding in support of this workshop.
The SIP Framework was presented and adopted by the APG Plenary in July 2008 as an APG policy document and for it to be used on a voluntary basis by members.
The APG Plenary approved amendments to the SIP Framework in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 to further enhance the framework based on implementation lessons. The most significant enhancement was made in 2011, with the addition of the Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment Template. The amendments in 2012 are limited to Template 1 on National Risk Assessment. Essentially this is limited to replacing the numbering in the old FATF Recommendations with the new numbering in the revised FATF Recommendations adopted in February 2012. Further and more substantive work on the SIP will be undertaken after the FATF has finalised its new assessment methodology.
The SIP Framework aims to provide post-mutual evaluation implementation assistance by prioritising and sequencing the implementation of mutual evaluation report recommendations, on the basis of identified risks/vulnerabilities and ‘building block’ FATF Recommendations, and factoring in resourcing and capacity issues. It is intended tool for APG members to use on a voluntary basis and will ideally be used immediately after the adoption of an MER.
The SIP Framework is applicable to all assessed APG members, but in particular by members which lack resources, knowledge and skills with respect to AML/CFT.