SECP, SBP asked to expedite work on FATF action plan

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday chaired focused meetings with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to review the progress made by the regulators on Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Action Plan.

The meetings were attended by the executive directors of SBP and SECP, director general and legal adviser of the Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU) along with other senior officials.

During the meetings, SBP and SECP gave a detailed presentation on the progress on actions taken by them towards implementation of FATF Action Plan. The finance minister desired that the internal action plans with specific timelines on implementation of FATF Action Plan should be immediately put in place and shared with FMU so that all FATF Action Plan items are completed within the agreed timelines.

The finance minister also asked them to not only complete actions due in January 2019, but also focus on actions due in May and September 2019, as they would be required to update FATF on work being done to meet those timelines.

The finance minister over the last three days held a series of meetings with different stakeholders to review the progress with regard to work undertaken by them on FATF action plan.

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  1. FATF guidelines shoud not be a problem. FATF will keep Pakistan on the hook until all the “ts”are crossed and all the “Is”are dotted. All that needs to be done is to align the laws and rules to FATF requirements. As a banker for a long time in New York I tough these organizations are Any delay could land the country in the black list

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