Mr. Kent Clare
Kent Clare is the current Director of the Belize Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), having taken up this position on October 11, 2016. The FIU is mandated to interdict financial crimes in Belize, in particular money laundering and terrorism financing. Such efforts are coordinated through the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee (NAMLC) which is chaired by the FIU. The Unit also provides technical resourcing to anti-corruption efforts and the director was a member of the Project Board that oversaw the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in Belize. Belize’s FIU is a hybrid FIU, a member of the Egmont Group. Hybrid FIUs are tasked with all the functions found in single-layer FIUs (analysis, investigations, prosecutions, and compliance). These wide spheres of responsibilities require significant staff resourcing and it is noteworthy that the Government of Belize would have supported an increase in the Belize FIU’s human resource capacity which has seen a thirty three percent growth since 2016. The FIU continues to work closely with trusted international partners to upgrade its capacity and to provide the requisite leadership in domestic and international coordination, cooperation, and exchange of information to combat financial crimes. Prior to taking up the current assignment, Kent was Commissioner of Income Tax from 2011 until 2016. He was an integral part of the technical team that allowed Belize to successfully navigate its way through both rounds of the Exchange of Information on Request protocols that were mandated by the OECD’s Global Forum at the time. The team also presided over the signing of the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information which provides a standardized and efficient mechanism to facilitate the automatic exchange of tax information. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Belize and a Master’s in Professional Accounting from Colorado State University. He is happily remarried and is the father of three boys.