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The MENAFATF Secretariat participated in the activities of the 28th Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units Plenary which  held in Latvia during the period from 10 to 15 July 2022, where the MENAFATF Secretariat received a certificate of appreciation from the Egmont Group for its distinguished efforts in the framework of cooperation and coordination between them.

The MENAFATF hosted, during the period from 26 to 30 June 2022, the training program prepared by the FATF which is directed to the secretariat of the FSRBs. The training program highlighted the different stages of ME process and the mechanism on planning, organizing and coordinating such as well as the obstacles that may face the ME process, which will therefore lead to appropriate solutions to address them. Whereby representatives from the MENAFATF Secretariat, the APG Secretariat, the CFATF Secretariat, and GIABA Secretariat participated in the program.

On 25 May 2022, the work of the MENAFATF 34th Plenary was concluded, which was held in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, under the chairmanship of His Excellency Dr. Jawhar Al-Nafisi – President of the MENAFATF, Chairman of the Kingdom of Morocco’s FIU, and His Excellency Dr. Mohamed El Amine El Dahabi – Vice President of the MENAFATF, Governor of the Central Bank of Mauritania.

The FATF and MENAFATF Secretariats jointly held the FATF Standards Training Course (STC) during the period of two weeks of intensive tuition, from 22nd of May until 2nd of June. The training was presented by experts of FATF Training Institute in Busan, Korea and from MEANFATF Secretariat. The Standards Training Course aimed at enhancing participants’ understanding of the FATF Standards on AML/CFT/CPF

On Tuesday morning, 24 May 2022, the inauguration of the Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (“MENAFATF”) plenary meeting has started and will continue over two days. The Plenary will take place in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, chaired by His Excellency Dr. Jawhar Al-Nafisi, MENAFATF President and Chairman of the Moroccan Financial Intelligence Unit (“FIU”), His Excellency Dr.

Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (“MENAFATF”) concluded, this morning, Wednesday, 16 November 2021, and over two days, the works of the MENAFATF 33rd Plenary, which was held in Cairo, the Arab Republic of Egypt under the chairmanship of His Excellency Counselor/ Ahmed Saeed Hussein Khalil – MENAFATF President, Vice-President of the Court of Cassation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Egyptian Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Unit (“EMLCU”).

This morning, Tuesday, 16 November 2021, and over two days, the works of the Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (“MENAFATF”) 33rd Plenary, which is being held in Cairo, the Arab Republic of Egypt, was inaugurated under the chairmanship of His Excellency Counselor/ Ahmed Saeed Hussein Khalil – MENAFATF President, Vice-President of the Court of Cassation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Egyptian Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Unit (“EMLCU”).

In cooperation with ECOFEL, MENAFATF hosted a 2-day online workshop on financial investigative techniques on November 2-3, 2021. The workshop aimed at focusing upon financial investigation, strategies of financial investigation, the importance of asset recovery and related topics. The training session was attended by 125 participants from FIU staff, investigative authorities and law enforcement authorities within MENAFATF member countries.

In cooperation with ECOFEL, MENAFATF hosted a 2-day virtual workshop on improving the quality of suspicious transaction reports (STR) on October 26-27, 2021. The workshop aimed at identifying the sound foundations in the process of reporting suspicious transactions and preparing reports that meets the technical conditions and standards. The training session was attended by 240 participants from FIU staff, private sector personnel from financial institutions and DNFBPs within MENAFATF member countries.

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