Politically Exposed Persons

Welcome to the Financial Intelligence Centre's comprehensive training video on Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs).

This training video is designed to equip financial professionals, compliance officers, and anyone involved in the financial sector with the knowledge and tools necessary to effectively identify, assess, and manage PEPs.

The FIA places significant importance on identifying and monitoring PEPs as part of anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) efforts. This training summary aims to educate individuals and organizations on the significance of PEPs in ensuring FIA compliance.

1. What are Politically Exposed Persons?

Definition: Politically Exposed Persons also known as Prominent Influential Persons (PIP) are individuals who hold or have held prominent public positions or have close associations with such individuals.

Categories of PEPs: Foreign PEPs, Domestic PEPs, and International Organization PEPs.

2. Why are PEPs Important for FIA Compliance?

Risk Assessment: PEPs are considered higher-risk customers due to their potential for abuse in money laundering and corruption.

Regulatory Obligations: The FIA mandates institutions to implement enhanced due diligence (EDD) measures for PEPs.

3. Identifying PEPs

Customer Due Diligence (CDD): Understand the importance of CDD in identifying PEPs during onboarding.

Ongoing Monitoring: Implement continuous monitoring to detect any changes in a customer's status that may classify them as a PEP.

4. Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD) for PEPs

EDD Requirements: Learn about the specific measures that need to be taken for PEPs, including source of wealth and funds checks.

Risk-Based Approach: Understand the importance of tailoring EDD measures based on the level of risk posed by the PEP.

5. Reporting Obligations

Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs): Learn when and how to file SARs when dealing with PEPs.

Record Keeping: Understand the importance of maintaining detailed records of transactions involving PEPs.

6. Consequences of Non-Compliance

Legal Penalties: Familiarize yourself with the legal repercussions of failing to comply with FIA requirements related to PEPs.

Reputational Risk: Understand how non-compliance can damage an institution's reputation.

7. Best Practices for Managing PEP Risk

PEP Policy: Develop and implement a robust PEP policy tailored to your institution's risk appetite.

Training and Awareness: Ensure that staff members are well-informed about PEPs and the associated risks.

8. Case Studies

Real-world examples of PEP-related scandals and their consequences for institutions.

Lessons learned from past incidents.


Understanding and managing PEPs is crucial for compliance with the FIA. By identifying PEPs, conducting enhanced due diligence, and fulfilling reporting obligations, financial institutions can mitigate the risks associated with PEPs and contribute to the global effort against money laundering and corruption. Compliance with the FIA not only helps organizations avoid legal penalties but also safeguards their reputation and integrity.

In an increasingly complex financial landscape, staying compliant and vigilant against potential financial crimes is of utmost importance. Kindly watch the training video and complete the PEPs quiz below.

Politically Exposed Persons Training Video

Politically Exposed Persons Quiz

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