Asia/Pacific Group on combating money laundering (APG) Plenary meeting was held on July 13 - 16 ,2010 in Singapore. Key issues of developing anti money-laundering systems in the countries of the region and progress made by the APG member states was discussed.
The Egmont Group Plenary meeting took place in Cartagena (Colombia) on June 28 – July 1 , 2010. The delegations of the Russian and Kazakhstani FIUs took part in the meeting. Rosfinmonitroing is Egmont member while Financial Monitoring Committee under the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan which participated as an observer is getting ready to join the Egmont Group next year.
EAG experts took part in the Plenary as well as the EAG member-state delegations from China, Russia and Turkmenistan which joined the Group in June.
The report covers Russia’s progress in enhancing national anti-money laundering system over the past two years since FATF/MONEYVAL/EAG mutual evaluation in 2008.
Taking into account the progress of Turkmenistan in improving its AML/CFT regime and the fact that Turkmenistan joined the EAG in June, the FATF Plenary approved of removing the country from its public statement. Turkmenistan will remain under FATF monitoring in the framework of the on-going process of improving global AML/CFT compliance among other countries with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies which have developed an action plan with the FATF and provided a written high-level political commitment to address the identified deficiencies.
The Eurasian group on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism (EAG) was granted associate member status within the FATF as approved of by the FATF Plenary session taking place in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).
Turkmenistan became a EAG member state as the result of 12th Plenary meeting in June. Membership in the EAG has given Turkmenistan a major opportunity to actively collaborate with the FATF and other countries and international organizations engaged in AML/FT.
12th EAG Plenary and Working Group meetings were held in Almaty (Kazakhstan) from May 31 untill June 3, 2010. The meeting was chaired by the EAG Chairman, aide to the President of Russia Mr. Oleg Markov. FATF President Mr. Paul Vlaanderen and MONEYVAL Chairman Mr. Vladimir Nechaev took part in the Plenary. Over 20 countries and international organizations involved in the international AML/CFT system were among the participants of the meeting.