FIU Completes 1st Phase National Risk Assessment

first_imgFIU Director-General, Alex Cuffy Against money laundering and terrorist financingThe Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Liberia has completed the first phase of a national risk assessment (NRA) against money laundering and terrorist financing (ML &TF).The NRA, which will roll over a year, is to identify, assess and understand ML&TF’s risks and apply a risk-based approach to prevent or mitigate ML&TF.The first phase was held from April 17-19 at the Central Bank of Liberia with representatives from 20 financial and security institutions, including the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and GSM companies.The NRA is being sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB) with technical and financial support from the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) and the World Bank.FIU Director-General Alex Cuffy was understandably delighted with the kick-off, after several brainstorming exercises at home and abroad.“Our partners, who assisted us throughout this process, were pleased that we had a good set of people, who were selected and attended the workshop. And I am also pleased that they came out, and at the end of the day it is successful.“It was a workshop where people worked and made presentations. So there is a lot of expectation that everything will go on fine. The real work begins. In the next six months, this is the phase where all the teams from different institutions will be collecting the data,” said Cuffy, who heads the NRA coordinating team.He told ECOWAS Radio on April 19, 2018, that the NRA will be critical for Liberia within the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global regulator on ML&TF.“We will be able to clearly identify where the problems are coming from. That is what we called the threats. And then we will clearly lay out our vulnerabilities. And then we will form a framework. And we would have identified and focused our limited resources on areas of high risks.“It [the NRA] is also important because Liberia is a part of the comity of nations. Money laundering and terrorist financing is a cross-border crime. That is why FATF is involved with this whole process,” added Cuffy, who was the only Liberian to work with the international community-led Governance and Economic Management Assistance Program (GEMAP) from 2006-2010 in Liberia.Cuffy was praised by GIABA research and planning director Muazu Umaru, AfDB’s chief financial economist on the prevention of money laundering and illicit financial flows, (IFFs) Samuel Chukwuka Ijeh and World Bank senior financial sector specialist Cari Votava for leading Liberia’s NRA process.The FIU, under Cuffy, has issued four AM&TF regulations with the passage of a 2016 Anti-Terrorism Act.A governance steering committee, which is made-up of heads of 20 law enforcement entities and financial regulators, was formed as part of the NRA.It will be chaired by CBL and jointly co-chaired by the ministries of Finance and Development Planning and of Justice, which also co-chairs the FIU board of directors.Atty. Lafayette Gould, who is the special assistant in the office of Liberia’s solicitor-general, said the exercise is good.“It sets the basis for us to go out now and look for the problems that we are faced with when it comes to money laundering and terrorist financing.“I think the workshop is an eye-opener. And we are definitely going to make use of the knowledge gained from here to ensure that by the time we reach March 2019 we would have completed the process for the report to be submitted,” Gould declared.There are 21 predicate offenses, including drug trafficking, tax evasion, corporate crime, corruption, fraud and organized theft, illegal logging and fishing, people smuggling, sexual servitude, that are linked to money laundering.A technical working group will coordinate and collect all the data in order to hit the ground running with awareness and training opportunities.Zobon Kolenky, asset declaration and verification officer at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), believes the NRA will require a lot of attention to details.“Liberia is a part of a comity of nations and if our financial sector is vulnerable to money laundering and terrorist financing, we stand as a risky country to other nations. It affects our importation, which will also affect the prices of goods and services.“So it is a very good thing for us to open ourselves up to this exercise and for all stakeholders to cooperate with individuals who will be coming their way to ask questions. It is not an audit. It is about knowing how vulnerable our country is and what measures can be taken to correct those vulnerabilities. That is the important thing about this exercise,” said Kolenky.Liberia must complete its NRA in March 2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Huskies get by Wolves with 7-5 win

first_imgFort St. John took control early in the contest as they opened the scoring 2:20 in to the opening frame. The Huskies added to the lead with two goals in 45 seconds before the mid way point of the period. In the final minutes the Wolves turned up the pressure and came away with a goal before time expired as the score was 3-1 heading into the second.The Huskies added to their lead with an early power play marker to restore their three goal lead. The final 14 minutes of the second belonged to Slave Lake as they completely turned the game around. The Wolves scored four times and took a 5-4 lead to the dressing room.As the third began it was apparent the Huskies were going to do whatever it took to come away with the win. The dominated the Wolves in all aspects and outshot them 21-8. The improved effort resulted in three goals for Fort St. John as they took the win 7-5.- Advertisement -Head Coach Gary Alexander says the team took advantage of their chances in the first and despite a poor second period, they were able to rebound with a solid finish.“We had some lucky moments in the first period and took the shots when we should have and they went in,” he says. “We came out really bad in the second period but they reset between the second and third and came out fairly strong and redeemed themselves.” Alexander says between the second and third period that his message was a calm one and reminded the group that they were a teamAdvertisement “They were more hard on themselves than I was. They managed to pull themselves together and that’s a good thing. It’s not something I think I should be doing night in night out, supply the fury for them to pull themselves together. They have to do it themselves and they did tonight”Scoring in order for the Huskies were Tyson Glass, Jordan Harder, Brandon Howard, Lien Miller-Jeannotte, Cayle Bell, Cayle Bell and Lien Miller-JeannotteShot totals at the end of the game were 41-34 in favour of Fort St. John.Next for the Huskies is a big contest on Friday night. The team will be on the road for a game with the Fairview Flyers at 8:30 p.m. The Huskies are two points up on the Flyers in the standings with a game in hand. The win last night pulled the Huskies within two points of the Grande Prairie JDA Kings for for second place.Advertisementlast_img read more

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