On June 08-09, 2023, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan, hosted the hybrid 38th Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG). The participants included EAG member states and observers, FATF member states and its Secretariat, the FATF-Style Regional Bodies, the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the UAE’s representatives.
The Plenary adopted mutual evaluation of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan within the second round of EAG s mutual evaluation. Besides, the meeting marked the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan AML/CFT system progress, leading to a change in EAG s monitoring status of the Republic of Uzbekistan from enhanced to standard.
Additionally, the Plenum granted the Council of Heads of Financial Intelligence Units (CH FIUs) of the CIS member states observer status in EAG, emphasizing the importance of joint co-operation.
Based on the reports on technical assistance (TA) provided to Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, the Plenary emphasized the leading role of ITMCFM in fulfillment of TA projects for EAG member states.
The matters of the International Financial Security Olympiad were equally part of the agenda. The Plenary supported the initiatives of INI universities within the Olympiad, including creation of the Sodryzhestvo digital platform, and activities of the Centre for Inter-Olympiad Training at the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The participants conveyed their gratitude to the Republic of Kazakhstan for its warm hospitality and excellent organization, passing the initiative of hosting the November 39th EAG Plenary meeting to the People s Republic of China.