23 November 2022

21st Meeting of the CIS CHFIUs

On November 23, 2022, the 21st Meeting of the Council of Heads of Financial Intelligence Units of the CIS Member States was held in Dushanbe (Republic of Tajikistan). Delegations from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan participated in the event.

Representatives of the CIS Executive Committee, the Commonwealth of Independent States Anti-Terrorism Center, the Secretariat of the Coordinating Council of Prosecutors General of the CIS Member States, the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism took part in the meeting in-person. Other observers participated via video conferencing.

In his report, the Chairman of the CHFIU Yury Chikhanchin announced the results of the organization s work for 10 years. The speaker emphasized that the establishment of the Council contributed to the harmonization of the regulatory framework, coordination of the efforts of financial intelligence units and other sectoral bodies of the Commonwealth.

According to the CIS Executive Committee, the preventive component is being strengthened in the CHFIU activities, people are being widely involved and society is being informed. The Council and its working bodies effectively apply modern methods of handling specific issues.

The parties discussed the relevant risks faced by the CIS member states and further efforts to counter the threats.

The Council is actively involved in combating the legalization of criminal proceeds, identifying those involved in the activities and financing of terrorist organizations. An important project is the creation of the International ML/TF Risk Assessment Center. In addition, the CHFIU, with the assistance of the ITMCFM, is taking consistent efforts to train staff.

Representatives of the CIS sectoral cooperation bodies thanked the Council for effective participation in the implementation of targeted interstate programs in the field of strengthening security, and noted the high level of interaction and trust.

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