FATF/MONEYVAL Joint Experts’ meeting 25-26 March 2019

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Tel Aviv, 26 March 2019 - A key role of the FATF is to identify new and evolving risks to the financial system from money laundering, terrorist financing or the financing of proliferation.  The FATF’s annual experts meetings provide an important opportunity for operational experts from FATF and FSRB members, as well as other international bodies such as the IMF, United Nations and World Bank to discuss current and emerging money laundering and terrorist financing risks.

This year, FATF and FATF-Style Regional Body MONEYVAL jointly organised the experts’ meeting, which was hosted by the Israeli government in Tel Aviv from 25-26 March.

The 2019 joint experts’ meetings brought together over 300 delegates, representing 63 jurisdictions from across the FATF’s global network, and representatives from FATF’s style regional bodies and international organisations. During this three-day operational forum, participants discussed the preliminary findings of FATFs ongoing work in identifying and understanding new risks to the financial system, including on improving countries’ assessment of the terrorist financing risks they face. Participants also discussed the detection, investigation and confiscation of virtual assets in criminal investigations, challenges associated with asset recovery.

During her opening address, the Minister of Justice of Israel, Ayelet Shaked, welcomed the opportunity for Israel to host this particular Joint Experts Meeting, which focused on extremely contemporary and relevant global challenges: Terror financing, Virtual Assets, and Cross Border Conviction-Based Asset Recovery, which are all of major international importance.

The discussions provided valuable input into FATF’s ongoing work, which will be discussed further at the June Plenary in Orlando.