The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Sri Lanka last week entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Inland Revenue to exchange information in order to facilitate investigations and prosecutions on money laundering and terrorist financing. Money laundering and terrorist financing are internationally and domestically connected financial crimes which could threaten the stability of global economic and financial system.
“With the increase of tax-related crimes all over the world, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international policy setter on AML/CFT, recommends countries to incorporate tax crimes as predicate offence to money laundering. In this background, domestic coordination and cooperation between the FIU and the Department of Inland Revenue would help strengthen existing AML mechanism in Sri Lanka in relation to tax evasion,” the Central Bank said in a statement.
The statement noted that FIU has already entered into similar MOUs with Sri Lanka Customs and Department of Immigration and Emigration while arrangements are being made to sign MOUs with other relevant domestic government agencies for the above purpose soon.
Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy Central Bank Governor is also the Chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) National Coordinating Committee.