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12 May 2022
GWCI Achieves ISO 27001 Accreditation
GWCI is very excited to announce that it has achieved the prestigious ISO 27001 accreditation.

The accreditation was issued by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), a world renowned and British government recognised national accreditation body. ISO 27001 is one of many UKAS accredited sta ...

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05 Apr 2022
Is Money Laundering, Once The Bedrock of the Cayman's Economy, No Longer An issue?
The Cayman Islands were colonised by the British in the 18th century and post 1863, administered by Jamaica. The year 1959 saw the islands become a territory within the Federation of the West Indies.

In 1962, when the Federation dismantled, the Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica and chose to rema ...

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13 Mar 2022
Enhanced Due Diligence - An Essential Part of Your Compliance Programme.
Enhanced Due Diligence ("EDD") is an integral part of the Know Your Customer ("KYC") process, providing high level risk analysis on clients as well as on potential business partners. 

In order to protect your business from financial and reputational damage, some level of KYC should be carried o ...

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28 Feb 2022
ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) the buzz word for 2022
ESG, an abbreviation of the words Environmental, Social and Governance, refers to three fundamental factors in assessing corporate sustainability.

ESG has driven investment decisions for decades, however, the term was first coined in 2005 by the United Nations Environment Programme Initiative.

Today ...

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16 Feb 2022
Establishing a company’s Ultimate Owner - does it need doing?
If you want to know who you are trading with, then understanding who the ultimate owner of any company is absolutely key as they are the ultimate beneficiaries and have ultimate control.

Establishing who the ultimate owner is can be challenging, particularly where multi-national companies are involv ...

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03 Feb 2022
Does better compliance save you money?
Compliance, defined as “the state of meeting rules or standards”, helps businesses operate within the boundaries of the law.

In practice, understanding how compliant you are allows you to foresee any areas of concern and mitigate them or at the very least have a plan of action in place s ...

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26 Jan 2022
There are more people in slavery today than at any time in human history!

(warns investment management firm, CCLA).

CCLA Investment Management, an organisation which manages investments for charities, religious organisations, and the public sector, has warned in its 2020 Find It, Fix It, Prevent It report that “modern slavery and human trafficking are big busin ...

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30 Jun 2021
Why Thinking Proactively is key to Side-Stepping Risks to Your Business
Proactively assessing risk is an   everyday aspect of life. Whether it be looking left and right when crossing a busy road or putting a seatbelt on before we set off in the car. Risk analysis is a natural part of what makes us human, and it is something that we do on a daily basis – even ...

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23 Apr 2021
Warning on Growing Fraud Risk
A Stratford-upon-Avon global risk and compliance specialist has warned exporters to take every step they can to minimise the growing risk of fraud.  GWCI chief executive Graham Welland (pictured) was speaking in the aftermath of a bizarre multi­ million-pound fraud case involving $36m worth ...

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15 Jul 2020
South Sudan: the newest country in the world
The Republic of South Sudan is one of the world’s newest countries and cannot be described as having an auspicious start to life. It was born on 9th July 2011 as a result of an agreement in 2005, which ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. Comprised of over 60 major ethnic groups and ...

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15 Jun 2020
UN Intervention wins some peace for Central African Republic
The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries on the planet. Its present problems appeared following the overthrowing in 2013 of the then president, Francois Bozize, a Christian, by the Seleka, a predominantly Muslim militia. From that moment, the nation plunged into a bloody spiral, ...

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15 May 2020
Covid-19 starts to overrun Cameroon
Yesterday’s reports that police in Cameroon have arrested and detained several hundred people for not wearing face masks in public suggests a government and its state apparatus panicking in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve seen reports of the widespread imposition of fines on tho ...

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15 Apr 2020
Somalia: A collection of warring clans ill-equipped for the modern world
Somalia emerged from a colonial history under Italian and British rule in 1960. It has been in a state of anarchy after an insurrection in 1991 against a military regime led by President Siad Barre. An internationally sponsored government struggled to regain order in 2000 but two Northen regions &nd ...

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15 Mar 2020
Kenya: Every conceivable corruption squeezed into one naturally rich country
Every economic, political and cultural sector of Kenya is utterly corrupted. Bribery of public officials is a way of life and is routinely requested by them. Tax evasion is widespread. On paper, Kenya has a robust anti-corruption legal framework. Its enforcement is inadequate due to the weak judicia ...

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15 Feb 2020
Burundi: Poor with endemic ethnic violence
In 2019, a UN Commission accused the government in Burundi of human rights abuses, including executions, arbitrary arrests, torture and sexual violence. The state responded by calling the allegations, “lies”. In the same year it banned the BBC from operating in the country. Very few priv ...

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15 Jan 2020
Rwanda: A remarkable turnaround in 25 years
Many Westerners will still associate Rwanda with Africa’s most recent paradigmatic example of man’s inhumanity to man. The genocide in 1994 ripped the social fabric of the country apart. The year before President Habyarimana signed an agreement, in the Tanzanian town of Arusha, to share ...

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15 Dec 2019
Uganda: a troubled history
Uganda is one of Africa’s most corrupt countries. In highest risk civil sectors are the police, the judiciary and public procurement. As with many countries both in the region and around the world, the legal framework used to deal with corruption is superficially strong.

The core of that framew ...

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15 Oct 2019
Will peace persist in the Congo?
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is unusually peaceful at the present time, having emerged from a war on a scale described as "Africa's World War," in which six million people were killed. It is 905,354 square miles big, with 81.5 million people, who speak five major languages: French ...

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15 Jun 2019
Zambia: Political Stability Hasn't Solved Major Problems
Zambia made a peaceful transition to independence from British colonial rule, in 1964. Its first post-colonial leader, Kenneth Kaunda, led the country for three decades, during which time although the country suffered terrible economic hardship, he became a giant on the African stage. Then, as now, ...

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15 May 2019
Angola: Struggling To Overcome Legacy Of Long Civil War
Angola suffered one of the world's longest civil wars, having previously been a longstanding Portugese colony, during which time over a million slaves were shipped from the area to Brazil. The Portugese revolution in 1974 led to the collapse of its empire. In 1975 the Portugese withdrew from Angola ...

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15 Apr 2019
Madagascar: A Messy Example Of A Democracy Mired In corruption.
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. It is one of the world's poorest countries and heavily dependent on foreign aid. It was a French colony until 1960, since when it has repeatedly suffered political instability: coups, violent unrest and disputed elections. Democracy returned in 2 ...

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15 Mar 2019
Mozambique: Another Masterclass in Modern Corruption
Mozambique's recent history has been turbulent. After independence in 1975 it was riven by a civil war between a Marxist government, supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba, and anti-communist forces, funded by South Africa and Rhodesia (as Zimbabwe was known then). Even by the brutal standards of Af ...

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15 Feb 2019
The Country Formerly known as Swaziland
The country formerly known as Swaziland scored 38 in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2018, which means that it ranks as the 89th out of the 180 countries in the Index. It shares that ranking with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. However, it scores better t ...

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15 Jan 2019
Zimbabwe - A Masterclass in Corruption
Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The global anti-corruption charity Transparency International (TI) gave it only 22 points in its Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, which ranked it as the 23rd most corrupt country in the world. In 2016, TI reported that Zimbabwe was losing ...

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15 Aug 2018
Landmark Legislation: the UK's Bribery Act 2010
The UK's Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1st July 2011. It is widely regarded as the strictest anti-corruption law in the world. It focuses on bribery only. Other so-called white collar crimes are dealt with by different legislation. The landmark point is that an organisation will be criminally ...

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