Egmont Group Communiqué: Statement on the First Forum of the Egmont Group’s Americas Region

A meeting of the Americas Region of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units took place April 10 and 11 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Mariano Federici, President of Argentina’s Financial Intelligence Unit (the Unidad de Información Financiera, or UIF) , and Mr. Luc Beaudry, Assistant Director of Canada’s Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC), co-chaired the meeting in their role as Regional Representatives. FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco acted on behalf of the host nation. Representatives of the Financial Intelligence Units from 23 jurisdictions in the Americas, including the Caribbean, gathered to work three key priorities for the Egmont Group: FIU operational independence and autonomy; the role of public-private partnerships; and the value of public-public partnerships in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.