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International Cooperation

Pursuant to Part V of the Financial Intelligence and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2002, the FIU exchanges information with overseas financial intelligence units and comparable bodies. The FIU continuously engages in international cooperation with its partners, not only in the area of information exchange, but also with regard to exchange of knowledge and expertise. The FIU is committed toward ensuring adherence to international standards set by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and is a member of organisations such as the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG), the Egmont Group and the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of Southern Africa (ARINSA).
Established in 1989, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is the global standard setter on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The objectives of the FATF are to protect the integrity of the financial system, and enhance its transparency, which contribute towards global security. The main tasks carried out by the FATF are as follows:
  1. Conduct and publish of expert operational and strategic studies on risks, trends, and methods;
  2. Develop and refine international standards to combat money laundering, and the financing of terrorism and proliferation (the FATF Recommendations);
  3. Develop global policies, best practices and guidance;
  4. Assess and monitor compliance of its member countries with the standards through peer reviews and follow-up processes;
  5. Promote and implement the FATF Recommendations by all countries through the global network of FATF-style regional bodies (FSRBs) and international organisations; and
  6. Identify and engage with high-risk, non-co-operative jurisdictions as well as those with strategic deficiencies in their AML/CFT system and coordinate actions to protect the financial system against the threat posed by them.
Visit the Financial Action Task Force website for more information.
null The Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) is a FATF-style regional body, set up in 1999, subscribing to global standards relating to the combat of money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation. The main objectives of the ESAAMLG are to:
  1. Adopt and implement the FATF Recommendations;
  2. Apply anti-money laundering measures to all the predicate crimes;
  3. Implement measures to combat the financing of terrorism; and
  4. Implement any other measures contained in the multilateral agreements and initiatives to which they subscribe for the prevention and control of the laundering of the proceeds of all predicate crimes and the financing of terrorist and proliferation activities.
As a founder member of the ESAAMLG, Mauritius has committed itself to comply with the FATF Recommendations. For detailed information on the assessment of the implementation of AML/CFT measures in Mauritius, please click here. Visit the ESAAMLG website for more information.
null The Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units was established in 1995 to provide FIUs around the world a forum to securely exchange expertise and information to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. The main roles of the Egmont Group include:
  1. Providing FIUs with a platform to securely exchange expertise and financial intelligence to combat ML/TF, and associated predicate offences;
  2. Improving stakeholders’ understanding of ML/TF risks and draws upon operational experience to inform policy considerations, including AML/CFT implementation and AML/CFT reforms;
  3. Supporting international partners’ and other stakeholders’ efforts to implement the resolutions and statements of the United Nations Security Council, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and G20 Finance Ministers
The FIU has been a member of the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units since 2003. Cooperation with other Egmont members as well as other counterparts is highly valued by the FIU. Visit the Egmont Group website for more information.
null The Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for Southern Africa (ARINSA) is an informal multi-agency network which enables participating members to exchange information, model legislation and country laws in asset forfeiture, confiscation and money laundering. The aim of ARINSA is to increase the effectiveness of members’ efforts, individually and collectively, on a multi-agency basis, in depriving criminals of instrumentalities of crime and illicit profits. The key objectives of the ARINSA are to:
  1. focus on the proceeds and instrumentalities of all crimes, within the scope of international obligations;
  2. establish itself as a Centre of Excellence on all aspects of tackling the instrumentalities and proceeds of crime;
  3. promote the exchange of information and good practice;
  4. establish a network of contact points;
  5. facilitate and promote, the establishment, where possible, of national centres of excellence in all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crime;
  6. make recommendations to other bodies such as the Eastern and Southern African Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) and SADC, relating to all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crime;
  7. act as an advisory group to appropriate authorities;
  8. facilitate, where possible, training in all aspects of tackling the proceeds of crime;
  9. recognise the importance of cooperation with the private sector in achieving its aim.
The FIU, through the ARID, is also a member of the ARINSA. As an ARINSA member, the ARID is able to exchange information with its counterparts in the region for the purpose of tracing and recovering proceeds of crime. Visit the ARINSA website for more information.
The FIU Mauritius is committed to work jointly with international counterparts to enhance the global fight against money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing. In this context, the FIU has over the years entered into several Memoranda of Understanding (“MoUs”) with foreign FIUs. These include:

Jurisdiction

Foreign FIUs/ Local authority

Date of Signature

South Africa

Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC)

August, 2003

Australia

Australian Transaction Reports &Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)

October, 2003

Principality of Monaco

Service d’Information et de Contrôle sur les Circuits Financiers (SICCFIN)

June, 2004

Kingdom of Thailand

Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO)

October, 2004

Belgium

Financial Intelligence Processing Unit (CTIF-CFI)

November, 2005

Canada

Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC)

June, 2006

France

Traitement du Renseignement et Action contre les Circuits Financiers Clandestins (Tracfin)

October, 2006

Cayman Islands

Financial Reporting Authority (CAYFIN)

December, 2006

Netherlands Antilles

Nederlandse Antillen/ FIU Netherlands Antilles

May, 2007

United Kingdom

Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)

May, 2007

Republic of Indonesia

Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

May, 2007

India

Financial Intelligence Unit – India (FIU-IND)

February, 2008

Nigeria

Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU)

October, 2009

Senegal

Cellule Nationale de Traitement des Informations

October, 2009

Malaysia

Unit Perisikan Kewangan, Bank Negara Malaysia (UPWBNM)

October, 2009

Egypt

Egyptian Money Laundering Combating Unit (EMLCU)

March, 2010

Qatar

Qatar Financial Information Unit (QFIU)

June, 2010

Luxembourg

Financial Intelligence Unit Luxembourg

March, 2011

USA

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

March, 2011

Bermuda

Financial Intelligence Agency Bermuda

March, 2011

Malawi

Financial Intelligence Unit Malawi

April, 2012

Seychelles

Financial Intelligence Unit

September, 2013

United Kingdom

National Crime Agency (NCA)

June, 2015

Poland

Generalny Inspektor Informacji Finansowej (GIIF) General Inspector of Financial Information

June, 2015

Japan

Japan Financial Intelligence Center (JAFIC)

January, 2016

Zimbabwe

Financial Intelligence Unit

June 2016

Zambia

Financial Intelligence Centre

September, 2016

Ethiopia

Financial Intelligence Centre

September, 2016

Swaziland

Financial Intelligence Unit

April, 2018

Tanzania

Financial Intelligence Uni

April 2018

Angola

Unidade de Informacao Financeira (UIF-Angola)

April 2019

Local Cooperation

One of the mandates of the FIU is to inform, advise and co-operate with investigatory, supervisory authorities and other the competent authorities in Mauritius.

International Cooperation

Pursuant to Part V of the Financial Intelligence and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2002, the FIU exchanges information with overseas financial intelligence units and comparable bodies.