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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    Co-Chairs Statement, Intersessional Meeting of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units The Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units (FlUs) met In Doha, Qatar to discuss the challenges faced by FlUs In combating money laundering, associated predicate offences and terrorist financing; especially in the areas of international cooperation, information sharing and the improved development of financial intelligence
    Participation on the Egmont Group Meetings The Chairman of the State Financial Intelligence Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Aibek Kadyraliev has participated at the Egmont Group of FIUs’ Meetings, which are held from January 30 to February 2, 2017 in Doha, Qatar
    The summarizing “round table” "Evaluation of the financing of terrorism risks in the sector of non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the Kyrgyzstan" took place on February 2, in Bishkek The event was organized by the Public Fund "Civiс Participation" together with the State Financial Intelligence Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the technical support of the "Soros-Kyrgyzstan" Foundation and the The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, as part of the National Risk Assessment of legalization (laundering) of criminal proceeds and financing of terrorism, which is conducted in accordance with the FATF Recommendations
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