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ESAAMLG Held its 22nd Council of Ministers,44th Task Force of Senior Officials and 5th Public Private Sector Dialogue Meetings in Livingstone, Republic of Zambia

The Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) held its 44th Task Force of Senior Officials, 22nd Council of Ministers and 5th PPSD in person Meetings in Livingstone, Republic of Zambia on 28 August- 03 September 2022.
More than 400 delegates from the 19 ESAAMLG Member Countries as well as representatives of Cooperating and Supporting Nations and Organisations, such as DRC, the UK, USA, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Secretariat, the African Development Bank, the COMESA, the German Development Agency (GIZ), the IMF, the SADC, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime attended the Task Force and Council meetings. The President of the FATF, Mr. T Raja Kumar also attended the meetings virtually.
Convened twice a year, the ESAAMLG meetings are designed to facilitate discussions among delegates from Member States and observers on a number of issues in relation to AML/CFT matters. The ESAAMLG Plenaries also provide an opportunity for the delegates to address pertinent issues that require a concerted and harmonized approach in the effective implementation of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) measures. As an experience sharing platform, the plenary sessions also provide an opportunity to establish partnerships among experts, representatives of Member States, technical partners and observers in AML/CFT.
During the meetings, the 2nd Round Mutual Evaluation Reports of the Republic of Kenya and Namibia and Progress Report of Lesotho focusing the Public Statement and Follow Up Reports with Re-Ratings of Botswana, Mauritius, Tanzania and Uganda were approved.
Part of the plenary meeting also included considering Reports of the Risk, Trends and Methods Group (RTMG), the Technical Assistance and Training Coordination, FIU Forum, Working Group on Risk, Compliance and Financial Inclusion, the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee as well as the closed session of the Steering Committee. The typologies studies on “Illicit Dealings in Gold, Diamond, Rubies and associated ML/TF in the ESAAMLG Region” presented by the RTMG was also approved at the Council’s meeting.
Hosted by H.E. Hakainde Hichilema President and Hon. Situmbeko Musokotwane, Minister of Finance of Zambia, ESAAMLG members took this opportunity to also mark the more than 15 years of contributions made by Dr. Eliawony J. Kisanga since his appointment as Executive Secretary of the organization in 2006. A special event to recognize the major achievements of the organization during his tenure also took place. The Council was convinced that, with the new operating structure and the tools that Dr. Kisanga has left, the Organisation is heading in the right direction.
The Council also approved Ms. Fikile Zitha’s appointment as the incoming Executive Secretary of ESAAMLG. The Council congratulated Mrs Fikile Zitha for her election as new Executive Secretary of the ESAAMLG. It also wished her all the success in her new exercise as appointed new Executive Secretary.
The meeting was followed by the 5th AML/CFT Public-Private sector dialogue (PPSD) on virtual assets and the implementation of AML/CFT programmes in the ESSAMLG Region. More than 800 participants from the public and private sector institutions attended the meeting.