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The Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units selected at its January meeting in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Mrs. Noora Mubarak Bahar, Head of Section at QFIU, as Chair of Policy and Procedure Working Group (PPWG) of the Egmont Group, which is currently comprised of 151 member FIUs. It is worth mentioning that Mrs. Noora is the first Qatari woman selected for such position at the national and regional levels , knowing that QFIU joined the Egmont Group in 2005 and was selected by acclamation in 2009 and in 2011 as a Regional Representative and member of the Egmont Committee.
The selection of Mrs. Noora is considered a big achievement for the State of Qatar and a recognition of its significant role in building a strong AML/CFT system. It also emphasizes Qatarís international standing as a leading country in fighting against money laundering and terrorist financing crimes at the local, regional and international levels, and the regional diversity sought by the Egmont Group.
On this occasion, HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin Eid Al Thani, Head of Financial Information Unit, praised the joint cooperative and coordinated efforts between the QFIU and the national supervisory authorities and other concerned parties to protect the national security and the integrity of the financial system from money laundering and terrorism financing threats.
Sheikh Ahmed also stressed that this success would not have been possible without the support of His Excellency Sheikh Fahad bin Faisal Al Thani, Deputy Governor and chairman of the National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee (NAMLC) and HE. Brigadier Abdullah Salem Al Ali , Vice chairman of NAMLC.
Likewise, Mrs. Noora acknowledged the valuable contributions and support provided to her by the concerned national parties, highlighting that her selection as Chair of the PPWG is a sign of the Egmontís high confidence in her and in QFIUís constant commitment and aspiration to engage with its international partners and meet Egmontís requirements and standards.