Global Financial Integrity (GFI) has signed a cooperation agreement with the Unidad de Análisis Financiero y Económico (UAFE), the Financial Intelligence Unit of Ecuador, to work together to combat corruption and illicit financial flows, with a special focus on environmental and natural resources crimes.
The UAFE is the Ecuadorian government’s technical entity responsible for collecting information, making reports, executing national policies and strategies for the prevention and eradication of money laundering and financing of crimes.
Tom Cardamone, President & CEO of GFI, issued the following statement: “We are delighted to be working hand in hand with the UAFE team on these important issues. Money laundering and natural resource crimes are ubiquitous, but each country has its own unique experience and expertise in combatting them. We are looking forward to bringing our skills to the task and learning from our dedicated Ecuadorian partners.”
The two-year agreement establishes cooperation mechanisms for providing technical assistance and training to seek pragmatic solutions to problems such as the fight against corruption and opacity; conducting research and studies in identified high risk and vulnerability sectors to strengthen the fight against organized crime, money laundering and terrorism financing; initiating knowledge transfer and exchange of good practices to promote financial transparency and economic and human rights; and, other efforts aimed at strengthening the institutional capacities of the UAFE.
GFI looks forward to working with the UAFE to combat corruption and illicit financial flows, particularly as related to environmental and natural resources crimes.