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Formulate a plan together to prevent money laundering: Mustafa Kamal

 Economy Desk

 Published: 08:00 PM, 17 November 2019   Updated: 08:03 PM, 17 November 2019

Photo: BSS

Photo: BSS

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal urged the world community to work together for preventing money laundering and terrorist financing.

He said this today while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on “National Strategy for Prevention of Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism 2019-2021”; jointly organized by Foreign Affairs Ministry, Financial Institutions Division of the Finance Ministry, Bangladesh Bank and Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) at Hotel Intercontinental of the capital.

“We want to live in a peaceful world. Money laundering is a serious threat. I request the world community, let us join hands together, let us formulate a plan together to prevent money laundering as it is the right moment,” Kamal said.

For various reasons, Mustafa Kamal said, Bangladesh is at serious threat for money laundering. “Our government is putting all-out efforts considering the threat factors. The whole world has to be united, otherwise the initiative of a particular country will not be effective,” he added.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam attended the seminar as the special guest while Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir moderated it.

Addressing the money laundering and terrorist financing as a global challenge, Shahriar Alam said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced ‘Zero Tolerance’ against corruption and so, the government has formulated the Money Laundering Prevention Act.

“I believe, proper implementation of international standards and best practices by engaging all relevant stakeholders, including international bodies will help Bangladesh to play leading role within the region and global community in fighting money laundering, terrorist financing and financing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” he added.

Fazle Kabir said deep coordination among all ministries, agencies, and departments will prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.

Among others, Senior Secretary of the Financial Institutions Division Md. Ashadul Islam, National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission Iqbal Mahmood and Additional Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun spoke on the occasion.