Ministry of Economy continues efforts to ensure DNFBPs’ compliance with anti-money laundering……

Ministry of Economy continues efforts to ensure DNFBPs’ compliance with anti-money laundering & combating of terrorism financing legislation

Ministry participates in a seminar by Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and a workshop organized by Indian institute of chartered accountants

Abu Dhabi, 30 March 2021

The Ministry of Economy (MoE) continues its efforts to raise the awareness levels of Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs) on the requirements of Federal Law No. 20 of 2018 on countering money laundering, combating the financing of terrorism and financing of illegal organizations, and their implementing regulations and related decisions. The most important among them in the current stage is their registration in the goAML system and the Automatic Reporting System for Sanctions Lists before the end of the grace period, which has been extended to March 31. Following their registration in the two systems, DNFBPs are also required adopt some legal measures to avoid penalties that can even result in the revocation of the license or the closure of the facility itself, or fines that range from AED 50,000 and go up to AED 5 million.

In this context, the Ministry participated in an awareness virtual seminar in cooperation with the Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC), and in a workshop in cooperation with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in Abu Dhabi. The workshop educated the attendees on the four categories that fall under DNFBPs, namely: brokers and real estate agents, auditors, precious metals and gem dealers, and corporate service providers.

Safeya Al Safi, Director of the Anti-Money Laundering Department at the Ministry of Economy, explaned the role of Ministry of Economy as a supervisory body of DNFBPs, she explained also that the category of corporate service providers includes every establishment that offers administrative services to assist other establishments and companies in conducting business. The providers of these services carry out the procedures required for incorporation, registration and obtaining the necessary licenses from the official authorities. They also assist their client companies in entering partnerships with foreign companies, as well as assisting foreign establishments or free zone establishments in the country to facilitate their work inside the country in terms of arranging a partnership with local establishments or procuring service agents for those foreign establishments. In addition, they provide secretarial services and other related services, as well as preparation of documents, commercial and personal transactions for others, submission of information to obtain legal status. The service providers also submit this information to governmental and non-governmental establishments and institutions and follow up with those establishments and institutions until the procedures related to them are completed.

The virtual symposium organized by DMCC was attended by more than 1,000 companies from DNFBPs sector. The session reviewed the laws governing anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and illegal organizations apart from introducing participants to the federal labor system, the National Anti-Money Laundering Committee, and the country’s efforts in that matter.

Meanwhile, the workshop organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in Abu Dhabi witnessed the attendance of more than 80 members. The session elaborated on the steps for registration in the goAML system, clarifying the concept of appointing a ‘compliance officer’ and the most important tasks assigned to him. Furthermore, various steps and stages of registration in the system in its first and second stages were explained, apart from filing suspicious reports through the system. The session also presented case studies and examples of suspicious transactions for each of the four specific business sectors and non-financial professions that are subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Economy.

Al Safi underlined MoE’s keenness to educate the target sectors of their responsibilities and pivotal role in supporting the country’s efforts with regard to combating money laundering and terrorism financing and their risks. These efforts will be reflected in strengthening the role of government supervision to protect its investments and business. DNFBPs must follow the below links for registrations in the required systems.

  • Link to the registration steps in the Automatic Reporting System for Sanctions Lists:

https://www.economy.gov.ae/English/aml/pages/circulars-notices.aspx

  • Link to the measures required of companies according to the executive regulations:

https://www.economy.gov.ae/English/aml/pages/default.aspx

  • Link to the guides provided by the Ministry on the requirements for combating money laundering:

https://www.economy.gov.ae/English/aml/pages/guides.aspx

She further explained that the Ministry of Economy is uploading all the workshops on anti-money laundering and combating terrorism financing onto its official YouTube channel to enable all DNFBP companies, stakeholders and interested parties to view their content, on the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChqcRa_X-2nIOSzrZ8rNZVw

The Ministry of Economy called on all targeted establishments to contact it through the Ministry’s call center at 8001222 or via other official channels in case there are any inquiries related to registering in the two systems and fulfilling the required measures.

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