UAE inks anti-money laundry pacts with Arab states

10 May 2010

(MENAFN) A senior official at the UAE Central Bank said that the UAE has signed new anti-money laundering agreements with Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Sudan, Emirates Business 24/7 reported.

The deals were inked on the sidelines of a recent meeting of the Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF) in Tunisia, the official said.

The UAE has already finalized such deals with 36 nations and organizations as part of its plan to conclude deals with at least 90 nations on cooperation to fight dirty money.

A total of 1,729 suspected money laundering cases were uncovered in the UAE last year, while the central bank received more than 11,800 reports on cash declaration, bank data showed.

MENAFATF, headquartered in Bahrain, was established in November 2004 with the aim of building effective arrangements throughout the region to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

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