Mrs. Atuweni Juwayeyi-Agbermodji
Regional Representative East and Southern Africa Region, 2015-2017
The East and Southern Africa Region comprises of countries that are also a part of the East and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG), namely Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Of these only 7 countries have FIU who belong to the EGMONT Group of FIUs, namely Angola, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania.
Realising that the number of FIUs in the region that are Egmont members is low, the region has adopted the following initiatives to encourage FIUs to join Egmont.
- Regional Heads of FIU meeting: This take place twice a year in the margins of the ESAAMLG Task Force of Senior Official meeting. This meeting provides a safe space of Heads of FIU in the region to discussion legal and operational challenges they may be facing which may be impeding their joining of Egmont of effective exchange of information. There have been two meeting so far, with a third expect to take place on 30th August, 2016
- Declaration on exchange of information: The Heads of FIU signed a declaration committing to sharing of information in a confidential and secure manner for ESAAMLG FIUs. To this end at every meeting of Heads of FIU, countries are encouraged to disclosure how they have related with other countries in exchanging information, particularly if they have had problems in exchanging information.
- Rational for ESAAMLG FIUs joining EGMONT: The Heads of FIU prepared and presented a document for the ESAAMLG Council of Ministers on the “Rational for ESAAMLG FIUs joining EGMONT”. This paper highlighted the importance of Egmont and what is required for an FIU to join Egmont. It is hoped that this paper will go a long way assisting FIUs obtain the necessary political commitment to enable them to join EGMONT.
The region is still in need of technical assistance particularly in building the capacity of FIUs with regard to carrying out meaningful strategic analysis aa well las understanding the trends and methodologies used by foreign terrorist fighters, and those who fund terrorist.