The MENAFATF Plenary elects from amongst its members; the President and Vice President with expertise in the areas of combating money laundering and terrorist financing who will remain in the position for one year, provided that the President and Vice President are not from the same country.
The current President for 2022 is H.E. Mr. Jawhar NFISSI.
H.E. Mr. Jawhar NFISSI
Mr. Jawhar NFISSI has been the President of the Financial Intelligence Processing Unit (UTRF) since December 2017, and since June 2021, he is the President of the National Financial Intelligence Authority (ANRF), which has replaced the Unit.
Mr NFISSI is a member of the Steering Committee which has led for more than two years (2006 and 2007) the actions provided for under the twinning agreement between the Kingdom of Morocco and the European Union which provided technical assistance through France and Spain for the establishment of UTRF.
As a representative of the Ministry of the Interior, he has always been an active member of the UTRF since its establishment in 2009.
Mr NFISSI was also a member of the interministerial committee that drafted the first legislative and regulatory texts relating to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing in 2003 and 2007 respectively.
Since his appointment as President of UTRF in December 2017 and during the first four years of his mandate, Mr NFISSI launched several structuring projects aimed at upgrading the national AML/CTF system, strengthening international cooperation with foreign FIUs and relevant regional and international bodies and consolidating the position of the ANRF at the national and international levels.
Key achievements include:
-Leading the mutual evaluation process of the national AML/CTF system carried out by the MENAFATF from the on-site visit until the adoption of the mutual evaluation report in April 2019.
-Coordinating legislative and regulatory reform to transpose the Financial Action Task Force standards into the national AML/CFT framework.
-Adoption of the first National Risk Assessment Report of ML/TF and coordination of related actions.
-Setting up a new dynamic of national coordination and international cooperation in the field of AML/CFT.
-Leading the enhanced follow-up process for the Kingdom of Morocco carried out by the FATF, and supervising the implementation of the axes of the action plan assigned to Morocco by the FATF's International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG).
Mr NFISSI belongs to the body of authority officials and is a graduate of the Royal Institute of Territorial Administration. He holds a Doctorate in Business Law and a degree in Business and Civil Law.
Mr NFISSI has held several positions of responsibility within the Ministry of the Interior. He holds the rank of Secretary General at the Office of the Minister of the Interior, and held the position of Head of the Central Department of Legal Affairs and Litigation within the Ministry of the Interior before being appointed President of the Financial Intelligence Processing Unit in December 2017 and then the President of the National Financial Intelligence Authority (ANRF) since June 14th 2021.