The Fifth mutual evaluation report presented at the 16th Technical Commission/Plenary meeting of GIABA was analysed and it was adjudged by the plenary that the country had not taken satisfactory steps to deal with the identified deficiencies with respect to the effective implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) 40+9 Recommendations. The plenary therefore resolved to maintain Sierra Leone on the Enhanced Follow-up process and subsequently issued a public statement on lack of progress on the AML/CFT regime in Sierra Leone.  The plenary made specific reference to the fact that a substantial number of actions to be taken to address the deficiencies in the country’s AML/CFT regime were contingent on the enactment of the AML/CFT Bill which has been pending since April 2009