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Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan sets up anti-money laundering cell

Islamabad, March 30, 2017 (PPI-OT):In line with the present government’s agenda of combating money laundering and terrorist financing activities, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has established an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Cell to effectively address any potential of money laundering within the capital markets, insurance, the NBFCs and the not-for-profit corporate sector. The SECP has approved thresholds for various sectors for reporting of investments made in securities markets, the NBFCs and the insurance sector. The AML cell comprises of senior SECP officers from each supervisory area.

For life insurance products, the defined threshold is the annual premium of Rs5 million for a single life policy. For securities brokers the threshold shall be Rs5 million for an individual investor, Rs25 million for corporate entity and Rs20 million for propriety broker. For AMCs/modarabas/NBFCs, the threshold is of 100 million for corporate entities, 50 million for trusts and Rs10 million for individual investment. No reporting will be required of financial institutions, public listed companies, licensed entities, AMCs, mutual funds, insurance companies and government administration/entities investing in AMCs/modaraba/NBFCs.

Further, any donation of Rs5 million and more from a single source to a not-for-profit section 42 company will also be reported to the SECP. The AML Cell will develop a database of such reports for its analysis on a consolidated basis and initiate further probe wherever needed. The efforts are expected to curb the potential of any ill gotten money finding its way into the capital markets, the NBFCs, corporate not-for profit and the insurance sector of the country.

The establishment of AML Cell and consolidated supervision by the SECP will bolster its efforts to curb the ML/TF menace and will help Pakistan attain a compliant assessment from the money laundering international assessors during the upcoming AML/CFT mutual evaluation assessment due in 2018.

For more information, contact:
Head, Internal and External Communication
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP)
NIC Building, 63 Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-9214005 or +92-51-9214009 (Ext. 378)
Fax: +92-51-9206459
Cell: +92-302-8552254
E-mail: shakil.chaudhary@secp.gov.pk
Website: www.secp.gov.pk

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