Tag Archives | anti money laundering (AML)

New Program to Counteract Financial Crime in Iraq

New program to help counteract serious financial crimes in Iraq The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq, in partnership with the United States Government and the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq has launched a multi-year training initiative today, to strengthen and improve complex organized and financial crime investigations in Iraq. The training program, called […]

UK Removes Iraq from List of "High-Risk Third Countries"

By John Lee. The United Kingdom has removed Iraq from the list of high-risk third countries for the purposes of money laundering legislation. The new listing -- "Schedule 3ZA" -- does not include Iraq.  This schedule replaces the list in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675 of 14th July 2016 by identifying high-risk third countries with […]

Call for EU to Remove Iraq from List of High-Risk Countries

Foreign Minister Renews Call for European Commission to Remove Iraq from List of High-risk Countries in Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering Foreign Minister Mr. Fuad Hussein has met with Mr. Josep Borrell, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the European Union, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Minister Fuad Hussein […]

Iraq asks Germany to Help with Removal from EU Blacklist

Foreign Minister Calls on his German Counterpart to Support the Removal of Iraq from List of High-risk Countries in Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Iraqi Foreign Minister Mr. Fuad Hussein received a phone call from German Foreign Minister Mr. Heiko Maas. The two Ministers discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, and the prospects for […]

Iraq no longer subject to FATF Monitoring

By John Lee. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has congratulated Iraq for the significant progress made in addressing the strategic deficiencies in the areas of anti money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) identified earlier by the FATF and included in its action plan. Iraq will no longer be subject to […]

CBI directs Banks to implement SWIFT Standards

The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has directed all Iraqi banks to adopt user protection standards approved by SWIFT before the end of 2017. The bank explained that the standards of the 16-user protection network can be summed up by the need to restrict access to the Internet, separate sensitive systems from the overall IT environment, […]

Central Bank runs course on Combating Money Laundering

By John Lee. The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has organized a course on combating money laundering, terrorism financing, compliance and risk management. The course was held from 17th to 20th September at the Central Bank building, under the supervision of the banking studies center. Sixty-one employees from government, private banks and money transfer companies […]

Iraq "Not Making Sufficient Progress" on Money Laundering

By John Lee. As part of its on-going review of compliance with anti-money-laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) standards, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has singled out Iraq as a "jurisdiction not making sufficient progress." In a statement, the FATF has said: "Despite Iraq’s high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and MENAFATF […]