Global experts on combating terrorist financing to speak at Jersey conference

Global experts on combating terrorist financing to speak at Jersey conference : Thursday 16 February

International experts from the United Nations (UN), Israel, France and the UK will lead a conference on combating terrorist financing later this month in the Channel Islands.

Organised by the Governments of both Guernsey and Jersey, the latter in partnership with the Jersey Financial Services Commission, the conference will feature presentations from the Israeli Deputy State Attorney Yehuda Shaffer, the UN Security Council Finance Expert, and Alain Lefebvre from Tracfin, the French financial intelligence unit (FIU).

Channel Islands domestic authorities will also participate in the half day events, which are taking place in Guernsey on Wednesday 15 February and in Jersey on Thursday 16 February and are intended to raise awareness about a range of crucial issues relating to terrorist financing.

The speakers will provide an international perspective on the threats of terrorist financing, the developments and importance of the regimes and sanctions to combat it, the experience of international law enforcement authorities and the specific approach in the Channel Islands.

Jersey’s Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst commented:

“Countering the financing of terrorism remains a core-priority for the Government of Jersey as part of our responsibilities as an international finance centre. 2017 represents a step-change for the Island authorities in awareness raising and outreach to the finance industry and I am delighted to be able to welcome such highly-qualified world experts to Jersey on 16 February 2017 to participate in this event.”

JFSC Director General John Harris added:

"We, along with the Governments of both Jersey and Guernsey, are fully committed to the worldwide fight against terrorist financing. We feel that it is vital to raise awareness locally and to ensure that we, and all the firms we regulate, make it a major priority and apportion resources accordingly.”

The half day conference in Jersey will take place at the Radisson Waterfront Hotel on the morning of Thursday 16 February. Geared towards Board members, compliance departments and officers engaged in anti-money-laundering and combating of terrorist financing, tickets are available online from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-terrorist-financing-risk-awareness-and-mitigation-jersey-tickets-31069915955

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