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UAE announces new guidance to control money laundering

The United Arab Emirates has been working to counter money laundering since being added to the Financial Action Task Force’s “grey list” in 2022.
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The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates issued new guidance on money laundering and terrorism financing on Wednesday in an effort to counter global criticism of the country for being soft on the issue. 

The guidance relates to the use of digital identification systems that financial institutions in the UAE use. The bank said that institutions should use identification as well as enrollment and authentication mechanisms in their digital ID systems. They should also use authentication data such as IP addresses to detect suspicious behavior, including from “sanctioned and high-risk jurisdictions,” according to a press release. 

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