Persons in charge of the presentations:
Wendy Lora, President of the Latin American Financial Action Group (GAFILAT) and General Director of the Financial Analysis Unit of the Dominican Republic (UAF)
Javier Augusto Sarmiento, Vice Minister of Criminal Policy and Restorative Justice of Colombia and President of the OAS Group of Experts for the Control of Money Laundering (GELAVEX)
Farah Urrutia, Secretary of Multidimensional Security (SMS), OAS
Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary General, OAS
Gaston Schulmeister, Director Department against Transnational Organized Crime (DTOC), OAS
Alison August Treppel, Executive Secretary of Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), OAS
The actions of Transnational Organized Crime do not stop in times of pandemic and have begun to ignite multiple alerts regarding its ability to adapt among its various modalities.
In the framework of the global health emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak, specialized international organizations have strongly warned of attention to mechanisms aimed at preventing and combating Money Laundering (ML) and Financing Terrorism (FT) such as the International Financial Action Group (FATF) and the Latin American Financial Action Group (GAFILAT).
These warnings have highlighted that possible threats and/or vulnerabilities arise in the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Financing of Terrorism systems implemented by the different actors in the different jurisdictions in the world.
It is inevitable that Transnational Organized Crime takes advantage of the opportunities that the health emergency has generated to expand and/or diversify its illicit activities, for which reason it is necessary to take quick actions to mitigate emerging risks.
In this context, the present virtual round table raises the following triggering questions for the debate: what are the new challenges in relation to institutional controls in the area of prevention and combat to money laundering; and how should we prepare to tackle them?
For such purposes, this activity, in coordination with the OAS Department against Transnational Organized Crime, has convened GAFILAT and the OAS Group of Experts for the Control of Money Laundering (GELAVEX), so that from The interventions of both Presidencies in their representations may debate the current scenario in the face of promoting actions in the field of action under analysis.
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