Financial security: Cooperation agreement between the Public Ministry and the ANRF

The Presidency of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the National Financial Intelligence Authority (ANRF) concluded a cooperation agreement on Thursday aimed at setting up a coordination framework for the fight against money laundering, the financing of terrorism and related offences.

Initialed by the King’s Attorney General at the Court of Cassation, President of the Public Ministry, El Hassan Daki, and the President of the National Financial Intelligence Authority (ANRF), Jawhar Nfissi, this agreement is part of the implementation of the provisions of Law No. 43.05 on the fight against money laundering, as amended and supplemented, in particular by virtue of Law No. 12-18 published in the Official Bulletin in June 2021.

The agreement in question stipulates that the two parties must cooperate in order to execute the provisions of the aforementioned laws, in particular in terms of the exchange of information and documents relating to the crimes of money laundering, financing of terrorism and offenses under -related underlyings, as well as the supervision of the referral of cases by the ANRF to the competent public prosecutor’s offices, or vice versa.

Under this agreement, the two parties have agreed to the publication of guides or joint studies, training and awareness-raising, the consolidation of coordination and consultation, as well as the national and sectoral assessment of the risks of money laundering. capital and terrorist financing.

It is also a question of activating continuous training through the qualification of the human element with regard to the control of violations of the provisions of the aforementioned law, as well as the efficiency of investigations and financial investigations in the matter.

On this occasion, Mr. Daki considered that this partnership is a new stage in the cooperation and coordination between the Presidency of the Public Ministry and the ANRF, stressing that the development of the phenomenon of money laundering and the financing of terrorism poses serious risks to the security and stability of countries, in addition to its cross-border nature and its complex nature, which is difficult to detect.

In this sense, Mr. Daki pleaded for the strengthening of the means of cooperation in this area between all actors and stakeholders, in particular law enforcement and control bodies, especially since the fight against corruption “is an affair of the State and of society”.

The President of the Public Ministry highlighted, in this regard, the High Instructions of HM The King, who has always insisted on the need to fight all forms of corruption in its various manifestations, because of their great impact on development. Economic and Social.

For his part, Mr. Nfissi indicated that this partnership will facilitate the rapid exchange of information relating to money laundering and terrorist financing crimes, able to lay the foundations for an effective partnership in terms of training and raising awareness, strengthening coordination and consultation, assessing the risks of these crimes.

The signing ceremony was attended by the First President of the Court of Auditors, Zineb El Adaoui, the Wali of Bank Al-Maghrib, Abdellatif Jouahri, the Secretary General of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ), El Mustapha Lebzar, as well as as representatives of the Ministry of Justice and other judicial officials.

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