MOU between Qatar & Japan to Exchange AML/CFT Information
A delegation from Qatar Financial Information Unit joined the Qatari delegation headed by H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy & Industry, who paid an official visit to Japan to attend the third meeting held by the Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee in Tokyo on 16-17 November 2009. H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Eid Al Thani, Head of QFIU signed, during this visit, a Memorandum of Understanding for the exchange of information relevant to combating money laundering and terrorist financing between the QFIU and the JAFIC. This Memorandum is deemed the first MOU concluded by the Qatari Unit with an international financial investigation unit and the first MOU concluded by the JAFIC with a financial information unit in the Middle East.
To further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two Units, a delegation from QFIU visited the JAFIC where both parties presented their experience in combating money laundering and terrorist financing. Both sides also discussed aspects of possible joint action between them, and agreed to exert additional efforts to consolidate international cooperation. It should be noted that the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two units during the meeting held by the Japan-Qatar Joint Economic Committee undoubtedly reflects the State of Qatar’s endeavor to support all efforts exerted to combat money laundering and terrorist financing at both local and international levels in order to provide a suitable environment to combat these serious crimes.
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