GIABA was established on 10 December 1999 by a decision of the Authority of Heads of State and government of the ECOWAS. GIABA's mandate was revised in January 2006 to fully incorporate and properly reflect the imperative to fight the financing of terrorism.
GIABA members acknowledge that money laundering and financing of terrorism are issues of critical importance to the world community which require global action. Further, that the economies and financial systems of the countries need to be protected from laundered money and proceeds from terrorist activities. GIABA members recognize that West Africa needs to address these issues and find global solutions to them.
GIABA became an Associate Member of the FATF in June 2010.
The objectives of GIABA are to:
For more information, please see the GIABA website at www.giaba.org.