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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe (2nd R) arrives to visit the site of a bomb attack at St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - A string of blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing at least 156 people, including 35 foreigners. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Apr. 26 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has started a financial intelligence unit to track foreign exchange dealings in excess of 5,000 dollars, treasury secretary P B Jayasundara said Wednesday. Anti-money laundering activities, comes under the supervision of the country’s finance ministry.

– Mel Gunasekera The move is part of the government’s drive to keep track of irregular financial transactions, he said.

“We want to keep a closer watch on foreign exchange movements, to prevent criminal activities,” he said.

The US government has been pushing for such legislation throughout the world.

The Asian Development Bank and the U.S. government have also promised to give technical assistance to this new unit, which comes under the Central Bank’s supervision.

The Financial Transactions Reporting law mandates banks, finance companies, leasing companies, casinos, accountants, auditors and lawyers to report any transactions that appear to be 5,000 dollars and above to the authorities.

Sri Lanka has also enacted an anti money laundering law, which makes it illegal for people to ‘wash their dirty money’ or ‘legitimise their ill-gotten gains,’ by disguising the sources, cha