GOVERNMENT OF SURINAME REFUTES SFS ARTICLE
The Government of the Republic of Suriname strongly refutes the claims made in a recent media article based on a report published by the American NGO Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS). The contested article refers to Surname as a “criminal State” where drug-related crime and money laundering are widespread and where the gold refinery Kaloti Suriname Mint House (KSMH) acts as a front for large-scale laundering of illegal cash flows.
Tjon Poen Gie, director of Kaloti, has dismissed these claims as belonging in the realm of fantasy, branding the article a collection of “complete falsehoods”. The article is an extremely malicious attack and a deliberate effort to besmirch the country, the government and a company which is legitimately headquartered here and is part of a renowned international chain. Kaloti and its subsidiary KSMH have an outstanding global reputation. In Suriname, the company is subject to high-level quality control. KSMH does not sell gold, but rather processes locally produced gold belonging to its clients, allowing for high-quality, safe and transparent exports from Suriname. Last year the company started giving companies who buy gold and offer it for export or who export it themselves a Mercury-Free Gold Treatment Masterclass, incentivising gold traders to conduct their business in line with international standards. Under the Minamata Convention, gold-producing countries are obliged to supply the world market with mercury-free precious metals.
This unfounded report is yet another attempt to destabilise Suriname, to isolate the Surinamese people internationally and to deter potential investors by branding the Surinamese government criminals.
This contrasts greatly with the efforts made by the Government to counteract these very problems by means of legislation and institutions which comply with national and international obligations in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, such as the Caribbean Financial Action Taskforce (CFATF). In February 2016, the Parliament of Suriname adopted three laws constituting a clear legal framework for the prevention and tackling of money laundering and the generation of money from criminal activities; these are the Service Provider Identification Obligation, the Reporting of Unusual Transactions and International Sanctions. Suriname also presented a roadmap to the Caribbean Financial Action Taskforce (CFATF) forum in June 2016, which was positively received. The organization noted that Suriname has amended its national laws and regulations to comply with the obligations set out in an action plan agreed between countries in the Region.
Furthermore, the Government is working closely with renowned international security services who act as a guarantee for combatting the practices outlined above. Finally, it is worth noting that reports of this nature are often part of a bigger picture, and the Government calls upon the people to remain vigilant.
Head of the Presidential Cabinet Press Service,
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