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Liberia To Host GIABA Plenary, Ministerial Meetings
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Liberia To Host GIABA Plenary, Ministerial Meetings

MONROVIA, April 27 (LINA) – Liberia will host the Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) 27th Technical Commission/Plenary and 17th Ministerial Committee meetings.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Liberia (FIU), Alexander Cuffy, said the Plenary will be held from May 7-12, while the

Ministerial meeting will be held on May 13.

Cuffy said the plenary meeting is aimed at bringing together experts from GIABA member states to discuss threats and challenges associated with Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing in the region.

According to a release issued in Monrovia, the meetings will also provide an opportunity for member states to share their experiences on the effective implementation of measures designed to fight against these menaces in the region.

The Plenary is a statutory meeting where reviews of countries’ performances are considered through their Follow-Up Reports, while the annual Ministerial Committee meeting will discuss the need to strengthen GIABA and the fight against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in the West African sub-region.

According to Cuffy, the Ministerial Committee meeting, the highest policy making body of GIABA, is expected to adopt the report of the 27th Technical Commission and Plenary at the close of the meetings.

He disclosed that Vice President Joseph Boakai is expected to open the Technical/Plenary meetings; while President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is also the Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, will open the Ministerial meeting.

GIABA is a specialized institution of ECOWAS that is responsible to strengthen the capacity of its member states towards the prevention and control of money laundering and terrorist financing in the region.

Its members include the 15 ECOWAS Member States as well as Sao Tome and Principe, and Comoros.

GIABA also grants observer status to African and non-African States as well as inter-governmental organizations that support its objectives and actions.

About 200 participants from all GIABA member states, representatives from GIABA secretariat and international technical partners are expected to attend the meetings.

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