Morocco welcomes technical assistance on anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing
Rabat, 20 July 2022 – The Ministry of Economy and Finances of Morocco on Tuesday welcomed a delegation from the EU Global Facility on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (EU GF-AML/CFT), which worked on the strenghtenging of the Kingdom’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist strategy.
Hosted by the Treasury and External Affairs Directorate of the Ministry, the two-day mission began with a strategic meeting held in the presence of representatives from the Interior Ministry, the Central Bank of Morocco, the Moroccan Capital Market Authority (AMMC), the Insurance and Social Security Supervisory Authority (ACAPS), the Foreign Exchange Office and the Financial Intelligence Unit (ANRF).
The initial meeting aimed to discuss the technical assistance request formulated by the Moroccan authorities to the EU Global Facility, which seeks to strengthen initiatives that meet the requirements of the FATF action plan for supervisors, particularly in the non-financial sector. Notably, support was requested for the accountancy professions (chartered accountants and certified accountants), the legal professions (lawyers, notaries, adouls), dealers in precious stones and metals and traders in antiques or works of art, casinos and gambling establishments, as well as real estate agents.
The EU Global Facility began delivering online technical assistance activities to Morocco in November 2020, focusing on the topics on beneficial ownership and cryptocurrencies. The July 2022 onsite mission is expected to be followed by a number of technical training, workshops and conferences, where the issues of AML/CFT in the non-financial sector will be addressed.