Caretaker Finance Minister Dr. Shamshad Akhtar has expressed Pakistan’s commitment and full cooperation to work with Asia Pacific Group and Financial Action Task Force to provide necessary support to the delegation to complete its task of mutual evaluation. The Minister gave a strong sense that the authorities concerned would be able to complete their respective tasks as early as possible.
In a meeting with the visiting team of APG, the Finance Minister urged the APG delegation to be flexible and practical in their deadlines and allow full opportunity to the authorities to provide necessary materials and reports to APG.
The Minister particularly highlighted the transition of government as a consequence of the General Elections 2018 in the country and maintained that the incoming government would need further time to gear itself with the requirements of mutual evaluation and related matters.
The visiting APG delegation had discussion with Dr Shamshad about the purpose of their visit, issues in compliance of policy actions and the schedule of further activities concerning the mutual evaluation.
Earlier the APG delegation met with the operational teams of different Ministries, organizations and authorities concerned with AML/CFT, including Ministries of Finance, Interior, Foreign Affairs and Law and Justice, State Bank of Pakistan, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, CDNS, NACTA, FIA, FBR-Customs, FBR-IRS, NAB, ANF, Provincial CTDs, and FMU. The meetings enhanced the understanding of the APG delegation on Pakistan’s technical compliance with 40 FATF standards and provided necessary information and clarity in this regard. The APG delegation explained the assessment methodology of FATF, its provisional analysis of Pakistan’s compliance and highlighted the need to provide all relevant materials in support of the compliance position given by Pakistan.
The authorities made out a strong case of technical compliance and highlighted various legislative, administrative and regulatory instruments in support of their position. The APG delegation acknowledged Pakistan’s position and advised the authorities to share final reports on technical compliance and effectiveness of implementation with APG by the end of August 2018.
The APG delegation further explained the schedule of activities in connection with the mutual evaluation process. The APG delegation appreciated the coordination and facilitation extended by the Government of Pakistan and all the authorities that remained available during the pre on-site visit to explain Pakistan’s technical compliance with FATF standards.
The APG delegation appreciated the clarifications provided by the Pakistani authorities, which helps delegation in better understanding Pakistan’s AML/CFT regime. The delegation hoped that all the preparatory work would be completed before the final on-site meeting in next October.
It may be added that Caretaker Finance Minister has advised officials of Ministry of Finance to strengthen the capacities of FMU and also requested all members of NEC in its August 2 meeting to step up their capacities and ensure timely response to FMU on the specific components of Policy Action Plan.