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Financial Services Minister Hope Strachan said yesterday that the landscape of the country’s financial services industry would be strengthened as a result of the nation’s compliance with the tax information exchange agreements such as the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), saying that she was fairly satisfied that The Bahamas would be ready when the Act becomes effective in September, reports theBahamas Tribune.Read the full story
The most controversial part of the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (4th AMLD) is probably going to be the Register of Beneficial Ownership. The controversy arises since certain information which is considered private and which legitimately could be kept as such, will now be made available to a number of persons – possibly also to the wider public in certain situations.Read the full story
Non-national investors will need to submit an application for permission to invest in Barbados to the Exchange Control Authority (ECA). The functions of the ECA have been delegated to the Central Bank of Barbados and are carried out by the Foreign Exchange and Export Credits Department of the Bank.
The applications are usually submitted by the applicant or their professional advisor prior to the execution of the transaction contemplated, for permission "in principle". This permission is readily granted, especially if employment in Barbados will be created, but usually states that the permission is subject to the remittance to Barbados of foreign currency and that evidence of the remittance be submitted to the ECA. Once permission in principle is obtained the transaction is completed and evidence of the foreign remittance submitted to the ECA; the amount of foreign currency becomes registered with the ECA. The certificate of registration of these funds is an important document as it must be presented at any time in the future that the investment proceeds are to be repatriated from Barbados.
The investment vehicle or business in which the non-national has invested is treated as resident and all transactions in foreign currency will be subject to exchange control permission or guidelines under delegated authority to the commercial banks. In certain circumstances when a business earns foreign exchange a commercial bank may open a foreign currency account in Barbados for the business. The commercial bank is required to monitor the transactions on the account in accordance with the guidelines issued by the ECA from time to time and to submit information on the transactions.
Non-national investors or corporations controlled by non-nationals are generally required to finance their operations from sources external to Barbados. Where a significant project is being undertaken in Barbados that will create employment and foreign exchange earnings the ECA will consider applications for permission for financing arrangements that vary from the general requirement.
The Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) is a not-for-profit private sector trade organisation. It provides a network for meetings and exchange amongst persons involved in international business. BIBA serves as a growing voice in the development of international business in Barbados and has over 170 member firms at this time.
For an exempt insurance company the minimum capital requirement is US $125,000; for a company licensed under the International Financial Services Act: US $2 million for a company accepting third-party deposits; and US $500,00 for a company not accepting third-party deposits.