A GLOBAL anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing taskforce, Eastern and Southern Africa Anti Money Laundering Group (Esaamalg), was in Zimbabwe this week to assess the country’s compliance to its requirements.
The visit comes ahead of a February 2015 meeting that will decide and announce the country’s status on compliance to the body’s requirements, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said.
Results of the assessment have a bearing on Zimbabwe’s doing business environment as well as its diplomatic relations with the rest of the world.
“This taskforce has come to assess us with respect to compliance with our legislative framework,” said Chinamasa at a press briefing.
“We have to enact legislation that is in compliance with the fight against money laundering and combating terrorism and this is mainly affecting our financial service system.They have completed that exercise and they are going to report to the main board which sits at the end of February and they will announce whether or not we have complied.”
Asked to give feedback on the assessment process, Chinamasa said he was confident the country would comply.
“I would not want to speculate; what we know is that we have done what we could so far as I am confident that we have complied, but the decision is not mine because we cannot assess ourselves,” he said.
“As far as I am concerned we worked hard last year to enact the necessary legislation to comply with international standards.”
Esaamalg is an affiliate organisation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the ministers of its member jurisdictions.
The objectives of the FATF are to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.