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Visiting mission of the EAG experts began work in the framework of the international evaluation of the Belarusian anti-money laundering system

The mission of experts of the Eurasian Group on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism (EAG) works in Minsk from March 11 to March 21, 2019 as part of the international evaluation of the Belarusian anti-money laundering system.

In the Republic of Belarus, the EAG expert assessors will meet with all government agencies involved in countering money laundering, terrorist financing and financing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (AML/CFT), as well as representatives of the private sector (banks, insurance companies, leasing organizations, notaries, lawyers, etc.). During the meetings, the issues of compliance of the Belarusian legislation with international standards in the field of AML / CFT and the effectiveness of the implementation of legislation in practice will be discussed.

The visiting mission is a key step in the evaluation of the Belarusian anti-laundering system. Following its results, the EAG expert assessors will prepare a draft final report, which is scheduled to be discussed at the EAG Plenary Meeting in November 2019.

It should be noted that the mutual evaluation of the Belarusian anti-money laundering system is conducted in accordance with the EAG schedule of mutual evaluations for 2018-2019. Previous similar assessment took place in our country in 2008.

The results of the evaluation may affect the conditions of functioning of the financial system of our country. In particular, a positive evaluation will help improve the credit and other ratings of Belarus.

Reference Information

The Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) is a FATF-type regional group (the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering). The EAG includes 9 States (Belarus is represented by the Financial Monitoring Department of the State Control Committee).

The EAG is aimed to promote the wide dissemination of the FATF recommendations and to assess their implementation by the member states of the organization. Monitoring of the country's compliance with international AML / CFT obligations is carried out on the basis of mutual evaluation of anti-money laundering systems.
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