SECP, NACTA vow to stand against money laundering, terror financing

ISLAMABAD: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) have resolved to jointly undertake all necessary efforts to collaborate in combating anti-money laundering (AML)/counterterrorism financing (CTF). In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed at the NACTA head office between SECP and NACTA wherein SECP Chairman Shaukat Hussain and NACTA National Coordinator Dr Muhammad Sulaman Khan, the signatories from both sides graced the occasion.

The MoU will enable both oversight institutions to collaborate, cooperate and coordinate to effectively carry out their respective statutory responsibilities for implementation of Anti Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime and maintain the highest level of oversight quality while minimising duplication of efforts. Furthermore, both institutions will establish a framework for collaboration, coordination, awareness raising and sharing of information in areas of common regulatory and supervisory interest for the furtherance of objectives of SECP and NACTA.

Earlier, the SECP notified Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Regulations, 2018 on June 14, 2018. The regulations consolidate the AML/CFT regime for financial institutions regulated by the SECP, namely, securities brokers, insurance companies, non-banking finance companies and modarabas. These regulations are fully compliant with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Recommendations and Pakistan being a member of the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering is under obligation to adopt the same.

Speaking at the occasion, Shaukat Hussain highlighted the significance of sensitising financial institutions and associations with charitable and not for profit objects regarding best practices to be adopted on the AML/CFT framework. He stressed the importance of a consultative group for the sharing of knowledge and experiences on AML/CFT and compliance of FATF recommendations.

Furthermore, the SECP chairman also shed light on the shared regulatory objectives and supervisory responsibilities of the SECP and NACTA on AML/CFT. He highlighted that through the JamaPunji programme, SECP has been able to reach large audiences and create awareness and sensitisation with respect to AML/CFT obligations. He also accentuated the fact that the SECP is fully cognizant of its responsibilities under the FATF Action plan and APG mutual evaluation and is committed to taking necessary steps for proper implementation of the action plan

NACTA’s National Coordinator Dr Muhammad Sulaman Khan expressed his satisfaction over NACTA’s collaboration with SECP to achieve the broader national mandate of implementation of AML/CFT regime. Moreover, he also applauded the SECP’s efforts for its newly introduced measures of combating AML/CTF.

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