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Meeting on Countering Cash smuggling and Illicit Use of Hawala

Meeting on Countering Cash smuggling and Illicit Use of Hawala


A meeting on “Countering Cash smuggling and Illicit Use of Hawala” was held at the Secretariat of High Council on Anti-Money Laundering on 25 November 2013. This meeting was held with the aim of providing an opportunity for national practitioners engaged in financial sectors, Customs and Law Enforcement agencies to develop their knowledge and skills in the mechanisms for monitoring cross-border transportation of cash and bearer negotiable instruments (BNIs), as well as the identification and interdiction of cash couriers. Moreover, this meeting emphasized the importance of improving national capacity and coordination in halting cash couriers, fighting against illicit use of Hawala, combating money-laundering, as well as to further  effective implementation of national AML laws and regulations.

This meeting was organized by Financial Intelligence unit of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRIFIU) in collaboration with the United Nation Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and was attended by an International expert, Mr. Oliver Gadney, programme officer (illicit financial flows, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-financing of Terrorism) and more than 30 national AML experts from Central Bank, public and private Banks, Customs and Investigation Police attended in this meeting.

This meeting was also a place where all participants took this opportunity to express their views and exchanges their opinions about the related issues.