Saudi Arabia Tops G20 Countries in Financial Regulation Compliance

The Arab Forum for Anti-Corruption Agencies and Financial Intelligence Units was held over two days in Riyadh. (X)
The Arab Forum for Anti-Corruption Agencies and Financial Intelligence Units was held over two days in Riyadh. (X)
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Saudi Arabia Tops G20 Countries in Financial Regulation Compliance

The Arab Forum for Anti-Corruption Agencies and Financial Intelligence Units was held over two days in Riyadh. (X)
The Arab Forum for Anti-Corruption Agencies and Financial Intelligence Units was held over two days in Riyadh. (X)

Saudi Central Bank Governor Ayman Al-Sayari announced that Saudi Arabia has the highest compliance in supervision and regulation among G20 countries. He warned that financial crimes are costly for countries, harming their financial stability and investment levels.

Al-Sayari spoke at the “Arab Forum for Anti-Corruption Agencies and Financial Intelligence Units,” a two-day event sponsored by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia and held in Riyadh.

The forum aimed to strengthen cooperation and build capacity among agencies fighting financial crimes, money laundering, and terrorism financing in the Middle East and North Africa.

Al-Sayari highlighted that Saudi Arabia’s compliance with international anti-corruption and organized crime standards has strengthened the Kingdom’s financial system and increased trust.

He pointed out the effective measures taken against financial crimes and corruption, including preventive steps.

The Saudi Central Bank uses a comprehensive approach to balance growth with acceptable risk levels, ensuring financial stability and integrity, asserted the governor.

Al-Sayari stressed the importance of working closely with regulatory bodies and authorities, especially in combating financial crimes and corruption.

He also noted that Saudi Arabia’s financial regulators provide specialized training to employees, equipping them with the technological tools needed to detect crimes.

At the end of its sessions on Thursday, the forum issued recommendations for Arab countries to adopt a model agreement to boost local cooperation between anti-corruption agencies and financial intelligence units.

The forum suggested Arab countries promote this model agreement in international forums to showcase their efforts in fighting money laundering, terrorism financing, and related crimes, especially corruption.

The recommendations also called for stronger local and international cooperation to combat money laundering, terrorism financing, and corruption.

This includes effectively implementing the UN Convention against Corruption and other relevant agreements.

The forum emphasized working with the private sector and building partnerships to protect societies from these crimes. It also highlighted the need for capacity building and knowledge enhancement through specialized courses, workshops, and the exchange of expertise.



German Economy Minister Says EU Open for Talks on China Tariffs

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German Economy Minister Says EU Open for Talks on China Tariffs

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Germany's Economy Minister Robert Habeck said during his visit to China on Saturday that the European Union's door is open for discussions regarding EU tariffs on Chinese exports.

"What I suggested to my Chinese partners today is that the doors are open for discussions and I hope that this message was heard," he said in his first statement in Shanghai, after meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing, Reuters reported.

Habeck's visit is the first by a senior European official since Brussels proposed hefty duties on imports of Chinese-made electric vehicles (EVs) to combat what the EU considers excessive subsidies.

Habeck said there is time for a dialogue between the EU and China on tariff issues before the duties come into full effect in November and that he believes in open markets but that markets require a level playing field.

Proven subsidies that are intended to increase the export advantages of companies can't be accepted, the minister said.

Another point of tension between Beijing and Berlin is China's support for Russia in its war in Ukraine. Habeck noted Chinese trade with Russia increased more than 40% last year.

Habeck said he had told Chinese officials that this was taking a toll on their economic relationship. "Circumventions of the sanctions imposed on Russia are not acceptable," he said, adding that technical goods produced in Europe should not end up on the battlefield via other countries.