The eleventh meeting of the Board of International AML/CFT Network Institute (INI) was held on the margins of the 30th Plenary Week of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism.
Taking part in the meeting were: Director of Rosfinmonitoing Mr. Yuri Chikhanchin, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Mrs. Taliya Khabrieva, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education Mrs. Marina Borovskaya, Counsellor of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the Russian Federation Mrs. Bubuira Abdyzhaparova, Head of Moscow Office of the China Center for Anti-Money Laundering Studies (CCAMLS) Mr. Chen Hailing (Fudan University), Rector of the National Research Nuclear University (MEPHI) Mr. Mikhail Strikhanov, Rector of Moscow University of Finance and Law Mr. Aleksey Zabelin, President of Rostov State University of Economics Mr. Adam Albekov, Rector of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics Mr. Victor Grishin, General Director of the International Training and Methodology Center for Financial Monitoring Mr. Yevgeny Legostaev, and the representatives of the INI-member universities and research centers.
In his opening speech, Head of the Russian FIU, Chairman of the Board of the International AML/CFT Network Institute, Mr. Yuri Chikhanchin, emphasized that the efforts pursued by the INI-member universities and research centers are directly associated with and are integral to the operation of the financial intelligence units of the EAG-member countries.
“In 2018-2019, a number of the EAG member countries, including the Russian Federation, underwent the mutual evaluations for compliance with the FATF requirements. As the head of the Russian FIU, I would like to note the contribution of the INI-member universities to the reparation of Russia for the mutual evaluation. The point is not only that the Network Institute plays the key role in training the staff for the national AML/CFT systems, but also that the universities were directly engaged in the on-site mission. The representatives of the Financial University under the RF Government and the International Training and Methodology Center for Financial Monitoring received the FATF assessment team and demonstrated how the basic training and professional development training was arranged. The academic staff of the INI-member universities directly engaged in preparation for the mutual evaluation gained the practical experience of interacting with the assessors, became aware of the requirements imposed by the FATF Secretariat and, as a result, understood what requirements should be developed for their own training and education systems and processes”.
Rosfinmonitoring Director noted the contribution of the senior managers and academic staff of the INI-member universities to promotion of the INI image and reputation not only during the FATF on-site mission:
"One of our main achievements is that the staff training framework has been extended to regions and other countries. The national AML/CFT systems operate not only in the capital cities. However, students who have received training far away from their home regions may not return back home. And this will certainly affect the professional level of the officers directly engaged in combating money laundering and terrorist financing in the regions”.
In her welcome speech, Mr. Marina Borovskaya pointed out, that as the representative of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education she was pleased to highlight the integration of science and education as the symbol of the work pursued by the International Network Institute:
“For our Ministry, which is just one year old, the integration of science and education is the national priority. We would like very much to see this integration in all educational practices and in the universities and research institutions. It is necessary to find exact ways and methods of cooperation and coordination that we need right now. Speaking about the International Network Institute that pursues this important and challenging mission in the framework of over thirty universities, I understand that it is not just about systemic knowledge, training and professional development training of students and academic staff, but about shaping the worldview and the mindset. Unfortunately, in the specific areas of our educational focus, this process is somewhat straightforward. We would like, perhaps with your help, to provide the network interdisciplinary knowledge, so that the students understand that information technologies, financial literacy, study of economics are the integral parts of the interdisciplinary approach that enables students to use their versatile knowledge for addressing, inter alia, the AML/CFT problems and challenges”.
Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the RF Government, Mrs. Taliya Khabrieva pointed out that the AML/CFT legal framework entailed the emergence of a special corpus of legislative acts that affected all elements and components of other branches of law:
“The evolution of the AML/CFT legislation directs the development of other branches of law. Even parties to commercial transactions have to take into account the AML/CFT requirements. Similar arrays of laws, primarily the anti-corruption laws, are also being consolidated. Unfortunately, our current training programs do not reflect these trends. However, specialists tasked with identification and detection of illegal schemes must have this knowledge, which confirms the need for ongoing development of training programs. We all are engaged in the research efforts for developing the educational and training programs under the comprehensive research program entitled “Mathematical, Social and Economic Modeling for AML/CFT Purposes”. At one of the previous meetings, we said that this program should include the legal aspects, since the AML/CFT scientific and application researches should take into account money laundering schemes and these schemes should be clearly understood from the viewpoint of a lawyer”.
For streamlining the training and methodological efforts and developing the training programs, Mr. Taliya Khabrieva proposed to establish the Methodology Board with working groups on analysis, legal and economic issues. Wrapping up her presentation, Mr. Taliya Khabrieva thanked the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Rosfinmonitoring that enabled the International Network Institute to become the model of effective union of scientists, academic staff and practitioners.
In the course of the Board meeting, the participants put forward proposals for new AML/CFT educational programs, projects and training aids, and also discussed the development of independent AML/CFT qualification system.