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Under the auspices of Qatar Financial Information Unit, Egmont/World Bank Strategic Analysis Course “Pilot” was held in Doha from 12 to 15 of September 2011.
This event was attended by HE Sheikh Fahad Bin Faisal Al Thani, Deputy Governor of Qatar Central Bank Chairman of the National Anti Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee, the British Ambassador HE John Hawkins, HE Brigadier General Abdullah Salem Al-Ali, Vice Chairman of the National Anti Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee, and Mr. Philip Thorpe, Chairman and CEO of Qatar Financial Centre.
HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin Eid Al Thani, Head of Qatar Financial Information Unit emphasized in his opening speech that since the international community has first launched the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, the State of Qatar was devoted to joining the international community in its serious endeavor to combat these organized crimes.
He noted that the participation of 31 representatives from 29 jurisdictions is an evidence of the strong commitment to the global fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.
The delivery of this "pilot" will allow the World Bank and Egmont Group of FIUs the opportunity to test this training material and delivery methodology among financial analysts that work in various regions of the world, especially Africa and Asia where the demand for strategic analysis training is the greatest.
Strategic analysis is a critical function of Financial Intelligence Units much like that of Tactical or Operational Analysis, but has not received as much attention; this course will help analysts better understand the principals of strategic analysis; assist them in better identifying the predicate offenses of money laundering, especially corruption which is the primary predicate offense in the developing world; such strategic analysis allows FIUs to use the strategic intelligence to provide direction on their own operations and better analyze money laundering, terrorist financing and other crimes that threat the security of a country’s financial systems.