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Anti-Money Laundering

April 27, 2017

Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/ Countering Terrorist Financing (CFT) and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CPF)

What are AML, CFT and CPF?
AML, CFT and CPF are the measures put in place to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

What is SEC’s role in AML, CFT and CPF compliance of its licensees?
SEC is one of the Supervisory Bodies in the Financial Sector which is empowered by the AML Act, Act 874 as amended to assist Capital Market Operators (CMOs) to comply with all the AML/CFT legislations.

What is AML/CFT Compliance Programme?
It is a minimum document that indicates how the CMO is complying with all the AML/CFT legislations and SEC/FIC Guidelines. Its contents include Customer Acceptancy Policy, Customer Identification Programme, red flags of money laundering, terrorist financing, detection and prevention of money laundering, filing of currency transaction report, filing of suspicious transaction report, etc.

Who is an Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Officer (AMLRO)?
An AMLRO is an appointed officer of a CMO supposedly at Senior Management position and is in charge of carrying out the day to day activities of AML/CFT compliance. Among his/her duties are as follows:

• Develop an AML/CFT Compliance Programme and ensures its effective implementation;
• Receive, vet and file Currency Transaction Report(CTR) and Suspicious Transaction Report(STR) with the Financial Intelligence Centre(FIC);
• Coordinate the training of CMO’s staff in AML/CFT awareness;
• Act as both a liaison officer with SEC and FIC.

Current AML/CFT issues
The AMLROs have formed an Association called “Association of Capital Market Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Officers (ACAMRO). It has in placed a Constitution and five Executive Officers to steer the affairs of the Association till November 2017 before elections will be held.
The SEC is also developing sanctions for AML/CFT infractions.
Ghana is waiting for the final report of its 2016 on-site Mutual Evaluation and the re-examination of the Action Plan on its National Risk Assessment.

 

Downloads

GHANA SEC AML-CFT MANUAL

Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2014, Amendment

National Risk Assessment Report 2016

 

AMLRO Downloadable Questionaires

Annex XI – Instruction Guide for Completing the Data Collection Template

Annex X – SEC Data Collection Template

Annex-IV-(b) – SEC Risk Management Questionnaire

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