Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG)


16-May-2018

Seychelles to host 18th council of ministers, 36th task force of senior officials meetings

 

Seychelles is gearing up to hold this year’s Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) meeting in September while also preparing to take up presidency of the group.

To prepare for the high level meeting, the Seychelles’ Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the Ministry of Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning and members of ESAAMLG, are holding frequent preparatory meetings with a number of stakeholders to ensure that the event runs smoothly from start to finish.

In a meeting held yesterday morning at the Ministry of Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning headquarters, ESAAMLG executive secretary Dr Eliawony Kisanga and his delegation provided details of the meetings to take place in Seychelles from September 2-8.

Yesterday’s meeting was attended by Finance, Trade, Investment and Economic Planning Minister Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, Secretary of State in the same minister Patrick Payet, special advisor Sitna César, FIU director Philip Moustache and other senior officers from both parties.

This year’s meeting will take place at the Savoy Resort & Spa and will see the participation of finance ministers from eastern and southern Africa together with an additional of around 400 other delegates.

As the host country, Seychelles will be taking over the presidency from Tanzania. Therefore, the next president of the ESAAMLG will be Minister Loustau-Lalanne while Mr Moustache will be the task force chairperson.

Several meetings are scheduled from September 2-8: the working groups to finalise the documents for the plenary and council of ministers meetings will take place from September 2-4. From September 5-6, there will be the task force of senior officers’ plenary meeting, and on September 7 there will be the council of ministers, which is the highlight of the meeting, and on September 8 there will be a private public sector forum which will also be opened to the media. A press conference is also scheduled to take place after the forum.

Yesterday morning’s discussion focused on details of the meetings, accommodation, transport and other logistics. Minister Loustau-Lalanne pointed out that he will ensure that everything runs smoothly for the meeting in September.

The aim of the group is to combat anti-money laundering by implementing recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) - an inter-governmental body established in 1989. The task force sets standards and promotes effective application of anti-money laundering legal and regulatory measures.

Dr Eliawony Kisanga and his delegation are expected to leave Seychelles tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

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