International Cooperation

1. The State of Qatar is a member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), represented by the GCC Secretariat General.
2. The State of Qatar is a founding member of the Middle East North Africa Financial Action Task Force (MENAFATF).
3. In April 2009, Qatar became a founder of and a contributor to the Tropical Trust Fund (TTF) which is constituted of a number of State donors. The Tropical Trust Fund aims at supporting AML/CFT technical assistance provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Qatar has previously chaired the Multi-Donor TTF in 2012 and hosted the TTF Steering Committee meeting for the AML/CFT program held in Doha on 1-2 May 2012.
4. In coordination with the National Counter Terrorism Committee (NCTC), the NAMLC formed a permanent work group to coordinate between the United States of America and the AML/CFT State-relevant authorities, chaired by the Head of the Qatar Financial Information Unit (FIU) and NAMLC member. The work group ensures appropriate communication between the Qatari and US counterparts and consolidates efforts and procedures between the relevant authorities represented in the group in terms of dealing with the sanctions lists and reviewing the requests received from the US. The group also participates in the meetings held with the US delegations on relevant official visits to Qatar.
5. The State of Qatar is a member of the Joint Group. The Group’s mission is to follow up the progress achieved by countries in covering deficiencies identified in the assessment of their compliance with the AML/CFT international standards. The Group is responsible for the MENA region, and is part of the regional groups of FATF’s International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG).
6. A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between H.E. the Deputy Governor and NAMLC Chairman, representing the State of Qatar and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which would provide technical assistance to the State of Qatar aiming at enhancing its AML/CFT national system. The project extends for three years as a continuation of phase I launched in 2009. The technical assistance project extends until mid-2019 and aims at supporting the State of Qatar to enhance its AML/CFT national system. The priority is to identify the fundamental frameworks that require enhancement for an efficient AML/CFT system, to focus on the National Risk Assessment process and to develop a detailed action plan for the next three years of the project.
7. The State of Qatar is a member of the GCC’s AML/CFT work group.