09) What are the responsibilities of financial institutions in combating financial crimes?

It is the responsibility of financial institutions to establish and promote programmes, policies, procedures, and controls that are necessary to prevent or detect money laundering. These include;

  • The establishment of procedures to ensure high standards of integrity of employees
  • Evaluation of employees’ personal employment and financial history
  • Providing training for employees in the recognition and handling of transactions being conducted by persons believed to be engaged in money laundering
  • Independent audits to ensure established programmes are being implemented
  • The establishment of identification, transaction verification procedures, and record-keeping procedures in accordance with regulations under the Act.
  • Appointing a Nominated Officer
  • Identifying a Reporting Officer
  • Instituting procedures to establish the risk of money laundering in products and business practices and developing technologies.