Tuesday, April 22, 2014

BVI Agencies signed MoU on Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism


14 BVI agencies signed memorandum of understanding with the Inter-Governmental Committee on Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), during the opening ceremony to launch the British Virgin Islands’ National Risk Assessment Council (NRAC). Signatories to the MoU included the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry, the BVI Post Office, the BVI Ports Authority, Her Majesty’s Customs, the Financial Investigations Agency, Financial Services Commission, the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs, the Immigration Department, BVI Airports Authority, International Tax Authority, Non-Profit Organisation Registration Board, Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force. Signing of the memorandum was witnessed by many top government and private sector officials.

The signing of this MoU means that the jurisdiction is ready to international co-operation in combating money laundering and terrorism financing, and continues to comply with global financial standards, including information exchange on tax matters. It is designed to foster cooperation between the relevant authorities to enable them to carry out their administrative and statutory obligations, and to assemble and analyze information concerning activities related to money laundering, combating financing of terrorism, financing of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, corruption, and other serious crimes. 

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