Qatar’s new legislation curbs money laundering

The rules and regulations regarding anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing that were followed by the Qatar’s 3 financial sector regulatory bodies have now been aligned with the jutrisdiction’s new law on this aspect. This was announced by the National Anti Money-Laundering and Combating Terrorism Committee (NAMLC).

On June 17, the NAMLC issued a statement to praise the collective efforts of those who deal with developing a regulatory infrastructure in line with the NAMLC’s AML/CFT national vision and strategy and the highest demands of AML/CFT international best practice.

It should be noted that an 18-month intensive review of legislative framework on anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) was recently completed in Qatar. As a result, Qatar’s new Law No. (4) of 2010 on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (Law) was enacted, which commenced on April 30.

It is worth noting that before the enactment a tripartite committee of financial sector regulatory bodies, formed by the Qatar Central Bank, Qatar Financial Markets Authority and the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority were involved in a highly collaborative exercise aimed at coordinating and harmonising their respective AML/CFT rules and regulations.

NAMLC said: “Each body’s AML/CFT rules and regulations have now been brought into force and have been designed to ensure alignment both with the new law and their compliance with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations and standards”.

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