10th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Financial Intelligence Units of the CIS Member States

Published At Nov 23, 2017

On November 22, 2017 in Moscow was held the 10th anniversary Meeting of the Council of Heads of Financial Intelligence Units of the CIS Member States (CHFIU) chaired by the Director of Rosfinmonitoring Yury Chikhanchin.

The event was attended by the Heads of financial intelligence units of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and representatives of industry cooperation bodies and Executive Committee of CIS, ATC, Coordination Bureau for Fight against Organized Crime, CSTO, etc. The Director of Indian FIU Mr. Mishra was in the status of observer.

In his speech the Head of the CHFIU Secretariat, State Secretary – Rosfinmonitoring Deputy Director P. Livadny underlined the importance of collaboration on the level of CIS Heads of State in the field of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism and proliferation financing. The concept of the interaction was approved by the Council of the CIS Heads of State on October 11, 2017.

The Concept is aimed at:

  • Elaboration of uniform approaches in CIS,
  • Increase of cooperation effectiveness,
  • Identification of the key risks and measures necessary for their minimization,
  • Mutual support in providing positive results of evaluations carried out by FATF and FATF-style regional bodies.

State Secretary – Rosfinmonitoring Deputy Director P. Livadny:
«Timely possession of authentic and valuable information has always been an important aspect of international activities. In this regard, the Council is making every effort for the development of an information exchange system, in addition to the existing videoconferencing system. For the highest quality performance of specific tasks and challenges in financial intelligence and prompt exchange of relevant information the Council is considering the possibility of creating its own network of information exchange within the Commonwealth».

Director of Cooperation in the Field of Security and Countering New Challenges and Threats Department, CIS Executive Committee, A. Druzhinin:
«The current situation in the world unfortunately is complicated and poses new challenges that are to be responded timely and adequately. I am sure that the decisions taken by the Council will be the next step in strengthening practical cooperation between FIUs of our countries in fight against terrorism, money laundering and will contribute to security enhancement in the Commonwealth».

The meeting also discussed the risks mitigation in the field of combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism, Inter-state programme of joint measures to combat crime for 2019-2023, development of recommendations for the electronic payment systems regulation to prevent their use for ML/TF. Moreover, the issue of unified approaches to countering proliferation financing and information exchange between FIUs of CIS member states was touched upon.