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UAE to join hands with 82 nations to fight dirty funds

posted on 07/09/2009: 2064 views

The UAE said yesterday it will sign new anti-money laundering agreements with 82 countries as part of an intensified strategy to combat dirty funds. The National Anti-Money Laundering Committee (NAMLC) discussed the plans at a meeting that also covered recent cases of currency fraud and other issues.

The Central Bank, which organised the meeting in Dubai, said the committee heard that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) had so far been signed between the anti-money laundering unit and 21 countries.

They were told that the unit planned to sign MoUs with 82 other nations that were members of the Egmont Group, an international gathering of financial intelligence units.

Some of the countries covered by the agreements have large communities in the UAE and financial sources say the agreements will strengthen the drive to crack down on dirty money and ensure the banking system here remains clean.

"These agreements demonstrate the commitment of the UAE to share financial information with its global partners to co-ordinate the efforts against money laundering, terrorist financing and related crimes," a Central Bank spokesman said after some of the deals were signed earlier this year.

"These agreements were aimed at further supporting the UAE's continued co-operation with the international community on subjects of mutual concern and on ways to strengthen co-operation on combating money laundering."

MoUs were signed with the financial intelligence units of Lebanon, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Estonia, Isle of Man, Macedonia, Malawi, Monaco, Nigeria, Portugal, Philippines, Serbia, South Africa and other countries.

The agreements followed a pledge by the UAE last year to push ahead with an extensive campaign against money laundering and terrorist funding through intensified regional and international co-operation. – Emirates Business 24|7


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