CB joins Dept for Registration of Persons against money laundering

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Jan 13, 2016 (LBO) – The Financial Intelligence Unit, located at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Department for Registration of Persons to receive information in order to facilitate investigations on money laundering and terrorist financing.

“Money laundering and terrorist financing are internationally connected financial crimes which could threaten the stability of global economic and financial system,” a statement said.

“The MOU would enable sharing information for the identification of persons suspected of being involved in money laundering and terrorist financing, which is vital for intelligence purpose.”

P Viyani Gunathilake, Commissioner General, Department for Registration of Persons and H. Amarathunga, Director, FIU signed the MOU on behalf of the respective institutions.

Present was Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, who is also the Chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) National Coordinating Committee.

The FIU has already entered into similar MOUs with Sri Lanka Customs, Department of Immigration and Emigration and Department of Inland Revenue while arrangements are being made to sign MOUs with other relevant domestic government agencies for the above purpose soon.