FATF

Conversations: Jessica Davis, Insight Threat Intelligence

Course Duration: 36 minutes
Course Points: 35

Fridays with Fintelekt today features Jessica Davis, President, Insight Threat Intelligence, an expert on terrorist and illicit financing, with host Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services.

Jessica explains the implications of the complex situation in Afghanistan, and the likely evolution of Al Qaeda, ISIL-KP, their own strategic objectives and their relationship with the Taliban in the region. All of these groups are drawing resources from Afghanistan, but counter terrorism financing (CTF) options with the global community are fairly limited, especially without any CTF forces on the ground. 

On CTF methods in general, Jessica strongly believes that all of the current measures have negative externalities, and that as a CTF community, some of the human rights or financial implications of CTF measures may have been glossed over. There is a need for the AML/CFT community to take a long hard look at regulations and recommendations and ensure that they are tied directly to observable and prevalent terror financing mechanisms.

Jessica is the author of the highly rated book Women in Modern Terrorism (2017) and is slated to publish another one Illicit Money: Financing Terrorism in the 21st Century in September 2021. In the conversation, she also speaks about the motivation behind her research and the various perspectives she has explored in her books. 

Visit the website of Insight Threat Intelligence https://www.insightthreatintel.com/ for more insights and analysis around Jessica’s work and the books she has authored.

Conversations: F. Christopher Calabia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Course Duration: 19 minutes
Course Points: 15

On this episode of Fridays with Fintelekt. Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services is in conversation with F. Christopher Calabia, Senior Advisor, Supervisory & Regulatory Policy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about financial inclusion and the role of digital financial services.

The Gates Foundation supports work that addresses inequities in healthcare, education and economic empowerment, especially for women and girls and believes that access to digital financial tools allows the unbanked and underbanked sections of the population to lift themselves and their families out of poverty sustainably.

The Foundation therefore has a direct interest in promoting appropriate regulation and support for the relatively new business model of digital financial services, and in ensuring that it is not abused for money laundering or terrorism financing.

Chris applauds the FATF’s initiative in broadening the dialogue and reaching out proactively to a wider set of stakeholders to study the unintended consequences of its standards. The consultative process will bring in voices that have not been represented in these discussions before – such as the poor, women, advocacy groups and international development organisations.

The conversation explores many more themes around the role of stablecoins in financial inclusion, regulatory evolution and how it can keep pace with technology trends, and the need for innovative approaches to regulation. 

Fintelekt ABA Webinar: Assessing the Impact of the FATF on Financial Inclusion

Course Duration: 59 minutes
Course Points: 55

This course allows Premium users to attempt an assessment and download a Participation Certificate.

Fintelekt Advisory Services and the Asian Bankers Association hosted a webinar on Assessing the Impact of the FATF on Financial Inclusion on June 22, 2021.

The webinar was moderated by Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services and he was joined by esteemed speakers F. Christopher Calabia, Senior Advisor, Supervisory & Regulatory Policy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Isabella Chase, Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute.

Around the world there are roughly 1.7 billion people without access to a financial account either at a bank or with a mobile money provider. For those 1.7 billion, access to financial services is constrained by several factors, including the controls in place at financial institutions to try and curtail financial crime risk. The standards for these controls are set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) who, since 2019, have committed to promoting financial inclusion. The FATF recently launched a project to examine the unintended consequences of its framework, one aspect of which, focuses on financial exclusion. 

The Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies(CFCS) at The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), over the past 18 months, has researched the impacts of the FATF standards on financial inclusion. This effort, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has resulted in the production of two papers released in June 2021. 

The webinar includes the findings of these two papers and highlights:
(a) the impacts of the FATF framework on financial inclusion and
(b) five recommendations for how FATF could better promote and protect financial inclusion in the future.

Webinar: Assessing the Impact of the FATF on Financial Inclusion

Course Duration: 41 minutes
Course Points: 35

Fintelekt Advisory Services and the Asian Bankers Association hosted a webinar on Assessing the Impact of the FATF on Financial Inclusion on June 22, 2021.

The webinar was moderated by Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services and he was joined by esteemed speakers F. Christopher Calabia, Senior Advisor, Supervisory & Regulatory Policy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Isabella Chase, Research Fellow, Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute.

Around the world there are roughly 1.7 billion people without access to a financial account either at a bank or with a mobile money provider. For those 1.7 billion, access to financial services is constrained by several factors, including the controls in place at financial institutions to try and curtail financial crime risk. The standards for these controls are set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) who, since 2019, have committed to promoting financial inclusion. The FATF recently launched a project to examine the unintended consequences of its framework, one aspect of which, focuses on financial exclusion. 

The Centre for Financial Crime & Security Studies(CFCS) at The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), over the past 18 months, has researched the impacts of the FATF standards on financial inclusion. This effort, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has resulted in the production of two papers released in June 2021. 

The webinar includes the findings of these two papers and highlights:
(a) the impacts of the FATF framework on financial inclusion and
(b) five recommendations for how FATF could better promote and protect financial inclusion in the future.

Webinar: Effective Implementation of Targeted Financial Sanctions in Zambia

Course Duration: 72 minutes
Course Points: 70

Fintelekt Advisory Services and the Financial Intelligence Centre, Zambia hosted a webinar on Effective Implementation of Targeted Financial Sanctions on May 20, 2021.

The webinar was moderated by Shirish Pathak, Managing Director, Fintelekt Advisory Services and the speakers were Diphat Tembo, Director – Compliance and Prevention Department, Financial Intelligence Centre, Zambia, Nicholas W. Turner, Of Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson and Brent Estrella, Group Head & Chief Compliance Officer, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation.

The webinar was designed as an educational and awareness generation initiative for reporting entities in Zambia. In order to comply with, and effectively implement the domestic regulations around targeted financial sanctions, as well as help the country to stay compliant with international standards, reporting entities in Zambia must stay current on financial sanctions and be able to understand the impact of these sanctions to their present compliance program.

The webinar speakers brought the following issues to the fore:

– Improving awareness on the obligations around targeted financial sanctions in Zambia
– Understanding the challenges faced by reporting entities in implementing the requirements on targeted financial sanctions
– Best practices around screening
– The importance of employee training to detect potential offences
– How reporting entities are misused and what type of services or products are most vulnerable for the purpose of the potential breach, non-implementation or evasion of targeted financial sanctions
– Examples of indicators to identify risks linked to terrorism and proliferation financing

Participants from Zambia who attended this webinar live are entitled to receive a participation certificate. If you have already registered on Fintelekt Academy, the certificate will be sent to your registered email id on or before Friday, May 28, 2021.

FATF Plenary February 2021: Outcomes and Interpretation

Daniel Thelesklaf, International AML/CFT and Anti-Corruption Expert provides a round-up of the outcomes of the FATF Plenary Meeting which was held virtually from February 22 to 25, 2021. Despite the pandemic, the FATF has kept up with its planned timelines and the developments in this latest plenary are relevant for the public and private sectors alike. Daniel explains the rationale behind FATF’s recent report on risk-based supervision, highlighted also by FATF Executive Secretary David Lewis at Chatham House recently. Daniel also covers strategic initiatives in the areas of proliferation financing, mitigating risks from virtual assets and terrorism financing. He also covers key results of the mutual evaluation of New Zealand, changes to the gray list, and ends with an outlook on what may be coming in the area of beneficial ownership.

Updated: March 2021
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 27 minutes
Course Points: 25

Trainer: Daniel Thelesklaf, International AML/CFT and Anti-Corruption Expert
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Expert Speak: Hala Bou Alwan, HBA Consultancy

Course Duration: 33 minutes
Course Points: 30

Hala Bou Alwan, Founder & CEO, HBA Consultancy talks about Recent FATF Guidelines and their Impact on Financial Institutions in this presentation from Fintelekt’s Asia AML/CFT 2nd Annual Summit 2020 held virtually from July 20-24, 2020.

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