Monday, April 19, 2021

Abu Dhabi Global Market enacts new anti-money laundering rules

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Abu Dhabi Global Market enacted changes to its rules that combat money laundering and financing of terrorism and unlawful organisations, as the UAE ramps up efforts to fight financial crime.

“These amendments reflect ADGM’s commitment as an international financial centre to provide a safe regulatory environment and adopt a stringent and effective financial crime prevention supervisory framework, which supports the UAE’s efforts to combat money laundering and terrorist financing activities,” said Richard Teng, chief executive of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM.

The emirate’s financial free zone is “working closely with UAE federal authorities to ensure proper readiness for [global anti-money laundering standards body] Financial Action Task Force’s upcoming mutual evaluation assessment, and our dedicated team is working on various initiatives to enhance the level of compliance and awareness of financial crime risks,” Mr Teng said on Monday.

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As are other countries globally, the UAE is preparing to undergo an assessment this summer by the Financial Action Task Force, an inter-governmental body set up in 1989 and responsible for developing and upholding global policies to prevent money laundering, terrorist financing and other types of financial crime.

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