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Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA) and Qatar Financial Center Authority (QFCA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Anti-Money laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT).
The MoU was signed by QFMA CEO Nasser Ahmed al Shaibi, and QFCA CEO Yousuf Mohamed al Jaida, a statement said on Saturday.
Shaibi said the MoU comes within the framework of enhancing joint cooperation and efforts among the various national entities and institutions in the state in respect of AML/CFT, which contributes to laying a solid ground for continued cooperation and coordination among the various national authorities.
Shaibi pointed out the continued cooperation among the national authorities on AML/CFT would reflect Qatar’s firm commitment in this field and contribute to highlighting its leadership and influential role at the level of the region and the world with regard to the control process, in addition to advancing national efforts aimed at strengthening and developing the efficiency of AML/CFT system in the state.
Jaida said, “The QFC’s partnership with QFMA on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism reflects our commitment to fight all forms of these illegal activities and support Qatar’s economic diversification and development”.
He affirmed the money laundering could damage an otherwise upstanding financial system and corrode a country’s social, political and economic fabric.
In accordance with this MoU, the parties agree to form a working group for the purpose of coordinating and cooperating among themselves in respect of AML/CFT.
The working group shall provide an effective mechanism to exchange information, enhance the co-ordination and the co-operation between the parties in to the field of AML/CFT subject to this being within its powers. The working group shall submit bi-annual reports and when needed on the results of coordination, cooperation and ways of development.
The MoU provides that the parties shall in accordance with applicable laws share with each other AML/CFT information as considered necessary and appropriate in order to assist with detection, monitoring and supervision of AML/CFT risk that fall within its responsibilities.
The parties shall co-ordinate with regard to AML/CFT efforts where required including in relation to responses to national and international organisations on AML/CFT matters. The parties shall prepare and execute AML/CFT training to enhance and build the capabilities of both parties in coordination with NAMLC so that efforts are not duplicated, and the desired outcome is achieved.