2018 November: The latest edition of CEO Insight magazine published this month features an article titled “World-Leading and Compliant” that captures an interview with Tamatoa Jonassen, the CEO for the Financial Services Development Authority.
October 2018: The Cook Islands Anti Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (“AML/CFT”) regime is officially one of the best in the world, as evidenced by the Cook Islands Mutual Evaluation Report (“MER”) just published at (
2018 October: At its Plenary in Paris last week the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the independent inter-governmental body that develops and promotes policies to protect the global financial system from money laundering and terrorist financing, resolved to amend its policy recommendations to
2018 July: The Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (FATF styled regional body) recently held its AGM in Kathmandu, Nepal (21-27 July 2018). The Cook Islands Mutual Evaluation Report was tabled and adopted at the Meeting.
2018 March: The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (the “Facility”) recently demonstrated its value and importance to the region when it paid out US$3.5m to Tonga as rapid response funding to assist with the recovery from destruction caused by Cyclone Gita.
2018 February: An article titled "To protect and to preserve" by Alan Taylor, FSDA Marketing Director, was published February 2018 in the STEP Journal, Vol 26, Issue 1. In the Article, Alan considers the importance of incorporating appropriate asset protection in wealth and succession planning.
2018 February: The Cook Islands government issued a media release announcing it has selected Digimap Ltd to provide a software solution and services to meet the country's Automatic Exchange of Information for tax purposes (AEOI) reporting comitments.
2018 January: The latest edition of Invest 2018 magazine features an interview with Tamatoa Jonassen, the CEO for the Financial Services Development Authority. In the article Tamatoa discusses why the Cook Islands is an attractive bridge to financial security.
2018 January: An article titled "Cook Islands: Your Asia Pacific Partner" by Nicky Burridge was published in the Invest 2018. Nicky covers reports on some highlights from a conference hosted by the FSDA in November 2017.
2017 September: The Financial Services Development Authority is hosting the Cook Islands Financial Services Conference in Hong Kong on Friday 10 November 2017 at the Island Shangri-La hotel. The Conference will run from 9:00am to 12:30pm.
2017 July: It is with heavy hearts that we are made aware of the passing of US attorney Barry Stuart Engel on Friday 21 July 2017. Barry pioneered asset protection and integrated estate planning with Cook Islands attorneys in the 1980s.