08 April, 2022
In accordance with the decision of the Plenary meeting a high-level mission of the Eurasian group on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism was held on 4 April 2022 in Bishkek under the leadership of the EAG Chairman, Director of Rosfinmonitoring Mr. Y. Chikhanchin.
The delegation of the Eurasian Group also included Mr. V. Reut, Director of the Department of Financial Monitoring of the State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Zh. Elimanov, Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Financial monitoring and Mr. S. Teterukov, EAG Executive Secretary.
The main goal of the mission was to discuss the capital amnesty programme planned in the Kyrgyz Republic and further steps associated with it, as well as to discuss a wider range of issues related to financial security of the country and the region as a whole.
During the mission a meeting was held with Mr. A. Zhaparov, Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic. Mr. Zhaparov noted that the Kyrgyz Republic attaches great importance to the EAG mutual evaluation and technical assistance programs through which measures are taken to improve the national AML/CFT system of the Kyrgyz Republic.
"We always feel the practical assistance of EAG in creating and strengthening the legal and institutional framework for countering the financing of terrorism and laundering of criminal proceeds. I would like to assure you that our Republic remains committed to complying with its international obligations. We intend to continue the course aimed at continuity in the vector of our relations", - said Mr. Akylbek Zhaparov.
EAG Chairman Mr. Yuri Chikhanchin informed the Kyrgyz side about the EAG procedures and further steps to be taken in relation to the capital amnesty programme of the Kyrgyz Republic. He informed about the need to initiate the country’s preparation process for the 3rd round of EAG mutual evaluations, the beginning of which is scheduled for 2025. He confirmed the readiness for further cooperation, including by providing expert-advisory support in the development of AML/CFT system, as well as improving financial literacy among children and students as part of the "Financial Security Olympiad" planned for this year.
As part of the mission, a meeting was held with the Chairman of the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. K. Bokontayev, during which the issues related to capital amnesty, regulation, supervision and risk assessment of virtual assets and other issues related to the regulation and supervision of the financial sector in Kyrgyzstan were discussed in detail.
The heads of Belarus and Kazakhstan FIUs shared their valuable experiences and useful practical information on the issues at hand.
At the end of the mission, the EAG delegation visited the State Financial Intelligence Service under the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic, got acquainted with the activities of its departments, including its training and methodological center.