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45TH TASK FORCE OF SENIOR OFFICIALS MEETING-MARCH 2023.

The ESAAMLG held its 45th Task Force of Senior Officials meeting in Arusha, Tanzania on 26-31 March 2023.

The ESAAMLG held its 45th Task Force of Senior Officials meeting in Arusha, Tanzania on 26-31 March 2023. Most part of the meeting took place in a hybrid form with the majority of participants able to travel to meet in person in Arusha.

More than 400 delegates from the 20 ESAAMLG Member Countries as well as representatives of Cooperating and Supporting Nations and Organisations, such as DRC, Portugal, the UK, USA, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Secretariat, the COMESA, the German Development Agency (GIZ), the IMF, the SADC, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime attended the meeting.

During the meetings, the 2nd Round Mutual Evaluation Report (MER) of the Republic of Angola, Follow up Reports (FURs) with rerating of Madagascar, Mozambique and Seychelles and Follow Up Reports without re-ratings of 8 member countries (Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) were considered and discussed.

The ESAAMLG also received update from the FATF on its activities including on its ICRG review on the progress which Uganda, South Sudan and South Africa made as per their agreed action plans. The countries will continue working with the FATF and ESAAMLG to strengthen their AML/CFT efforts.

Part of the plenary meeting also included considering Reports of the Risk, Trends and Methods Group (RTMG), the Technical Assistance and Training Coordination Forum, the Heads of FIUs Meeting and FIU Forum, Working Group on Risk, Compliance and Financial Inclusion, the Budget, Finance and Audit Committee as well as the closed sessions of the ESAAMLG Heads of Delegations and Steering Committee.
The Task Force also adopted the applications by the Republic of Burundi to join ESAAMLG as a full member and Eastern Africa Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (EAAACA) as an observer. The ESAAMLG Council of Ministers will make decisions on the two applications at the September 2023 meeting in Kasane, Botswana.