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Financial Intelligence Unit hosts regional counterparts

Filipe Naigulevu
Monday, November 06, 2017

THE Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) continues its strong partnership with its regional sister agencies through strengthening capacities in building national integrity systems and good governance.

This is after the unit recently hosted four FIU officers from the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Samoa last week through an intensive attachment program.

The program shed light on the Pacific participants to better understand the financial analysis and intelligence development framework, importance of networking and the regulatory role of the Fiji FIU.

The officers also had an opportunity to experience the intelligence and networking system in Fiji through interacting with some of the Fiji FIU's local stakeholders.

This included the Fiji Police Force, Fiji Revenue and Customs Service, ANZ Bank and FEXCO Western Union.

The attachment program is jointly supported by the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project (UNPRAC), implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Fiji FIU director FIU Razim Buksh in a statement said they provided opportunities for attachment, training and capacity building for Pacific Island FIUs since 2013.

So far, the local unit has hosted 20 officers from 11 Pacific countries including the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

UNPRAC, in the statement, acknowledged Fiji FIU for its continuous commitment to strengthen the capacity of their sister agencies throughout the Pacific.

"The attachment program greatly contributes to UN's efforts to strengthen national integrity systems and good governance in the Pacific," the organisation stated.

"The feedback received from the participants in previous years has been overly positive. They have reported a great impact of the attachment programme on their professional capacities, as well as considerable improvement of the statistical records, analysis of suspicious transaction reports, anti-money laundering reporting and cooperation with other FIUs in the region."

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