Issue 39 October 2021 - Journal - Page 131
New Landmark Partnership
with UAE to Tackle Illicit Finance
The UK and UAE will ramp up the targeting of those financing terrorism and
serious and organised crime gangs as part of a landmark new partnership.
The partnership is a concrete articulation of the UK
and UAE’s shared ambition to increase co-operation
on illicit financial flows. It offers a robust platform to
build a stronger and more enduring strategic partnership, advancing the priorities laid out in the UK’s
Integrated Review and the UAE’s National AntiMoney Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing
The new first of its kind agreement was signed by
Home Secretary Priti Patel and UAE Minister of State
Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh on Friday.
The agreement of the UK-UAE Partnership To Tackle
Illicit Financial Flows is part of the new, ambitious and
strengthened Partnership for the Future between the
UK and the UAE as announced by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
Mohammed Bin Zayed.
The launch of the Partnership To Tackle Illicit
Financial Flows was held in London today (17
September) in a meeting chaired by the Security
Minister Damian Hinds.
The partnership will bolster law enforcement by
enhancing intelligence sharing and joint operations
between the UK and UAE against serious and organised crime networks.
This aims to ensure that the UAE and UK are able to
work more closely together to tackle the shared global
challenges that we face, and promote prosperity and
security for our citizens.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: I will always take the
strongest possible action to the keep the British people
safe, and this new agreement bolsters both our countries’ efforts in going after the terrorists and serious and
organised crime gangs that seek to do us harm.
The UK and UAE’s understanding of terrorist financing internationally will also be improved by sharing insight and expertise to help identify and stop
terrorist financial flows.
The partnership will help to keep the public safe,
protect our prosperity and bring dangerous criminals
Furthermore the partnership will raise professional
standards on countering money laundering with a
particular focus on high-risk sectors such as dealers of
precious metals and stones, and real-estate as well as
emerging technologies such as crypto currencies.
Minister of State Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh said: The UAE
stands with the UK in the global fight against illicit
finance. We are committed to stamping out terrorist
financing and serious and organised crime in all of its
forms to protect the UAE and uphold the integrity of
the international financial system.
There will be an annual meeting between the Home
Secretary and the UAE Minister of State to ensure
progress on the partnership’s ambitious objectives.
The partnership marks a key milestone in the close
cooperation between the UAE and UK. Through the
robust, collaborative structure of the partnership, the
UAE is determined to advance our shared priorities
and reinforce our efforts to keep our two nations safe,
prosperous and secure.
The partnership follows the UK’s ambitions, made in
the Integrated Review, to increase our co-operation
with the UAE on illicit financial flows.
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