The Eastern and South African Anti Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) – a FATF-style regional body founded in August 1999.

The purpose of the group is to combat money laundering and terrorism financing by implementing the FATF Recommendations.

The group’s efforts are aimed at cooperation with other international organizations concerned with combating money laundering and terrorist financing as well as studying and researching regional typologies and coordinating technical assistance.

Organizational structure of the ESAAMLG

  • Ministerial Council (the Council)
  • Team of senior representatives
  • Secretariat

All of the group’s major decisions are made at the meeting of the Ministerial Council, which meets at least once a year.

Member states

  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


  • FATF
  • Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering
  • Caribbean Financial Action Task Force against Money Laundering (CFATF)
  • Charity Commission - UK
  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • DFID
  • EAC
  • Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units
  • Interpol
  • SADC
  • UN 1267 Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team
  • United Kingdom 
  • United States
  • UN Office on Drugs and Crime
  • World Bank

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