Published At Sep 21, 2017
On September 20-21 in Moscow the III International Workshop "Effective Supervision as Mechanism to Ensure Transparency and Stability of the Financial System" was held.
The event was traditionally organized under the auspices of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG), chaired by the Russian Federation, with administrative support of the International Training and Methodology Centre for Financial Monitoring (ITMCFM) and the State University of Management (SUM).
The workshop welcomed a large audience of more than 150 experts from public and private sector organizations of the EAG member states (Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan), and Armenia, which has an observer status in EAG. The event was focused on sharing the supervision experience and best practices in the field of combating money laundering and terrorist financing, and countries preparing for mutual evaluations of their compliance with FATF standards.
"Our meeting will provide, on the one hand, an overview of innovative approaches to supervision practices and communications with the private sector, on the other - feedback from financial institutions on the prospects for improving the effectiveness of compliance procedures", said Galina Bobrysheva, Deputy Director of Rosfinmonitoring.
Vladimir Nechaev, Executive Secretary of the Eurasian Group, underlined that albeit the fact that the next round of mutual evaluations in the EAG had just begun, it was necessary, without wasting time, to implement comprehensive work in countries on the preparation of materials illustrating the effectiveness of work in both the public and private sectors, including collection of statistics, preparation of the most significant cases and examples.
The participants' special attention was attracted by an overview of the main results of mutual evaluations within the framework of the new FATF standards that had already been completed in a number of countries, which was presented by authoritative international assessor Mr. Yehuda Shaffer, Israeli Deputy State Attorney.
The presentations on the practice of implementing such types of interaction as "Personal Account" and Compliance Council (Russia) attracted a lot of attention. A lively discussion was inspired by the issue on information systems which enable collecting the beneficial ownership information from open sources (China), remote identification and remote opening of bank accounts (Belarus, Russia), new approaches to risk management when implementing Fintech projects (China, Belarus, Russia), as well as typologies for identifying persons with indicators of links to terrorism and drug trafficking (Russia).
The recommendations developed by the workshop participants will be implemented to further advance of national AML systems in the Eurasian countries.