Engaging the Private Sector in Combatting Illicit Financial Flows, Money-Laundering and Financing of Terrorism

"We fully recognize that, if we want to address money laundering issues, it is truly a shared responsibility of the private sector, the government and citizens of all countries. In this context, the role of the banking sector becomes extremely important," highlighted Ms. Ashita Mittal, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Representative for Central Asia, opening a training session on identifying suspicious financial transactions, money laundering and terrorism financing which took place in the beginning of the second decade of February.

"The training is organized within the framework of the "Road Map", a plan of action on further development of cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and UNODC. During the course, participants will study system analysis of financial flows, methods for identifying money laundering schemes, basic principles of cooperation in the field of combatting illicit financial flows," noted Mr. Zokhid Khatamov, Deputy Head of the Department for Combating Economic Crimes of the Office of the Prosecutor General (GPO) of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The training, organized jointly with the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Uzbekistan, hosted over 60 professionals from banking, lawyers, accountants, brokers, and specialists of government agencies, including the Financial Investigations Unit of the GPO, and law enforcement officers. The participants had a unique opportunity to go through the training on the use of available information and data to identify money laundering and terrorist financing related trends and patterns and to share their experiences in the field.

The training is a part of the, "Strengthening capacities of the competent authorities of Uzbekistan to combat drug trafficking related illicit financial flows, money-laundering and the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT)" initiative implemented within the framework of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2015-2019 with financial support of the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

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