23 Mar 2018 17:54

Uzbekistan joins CIS financial intelligence council

TASHKENT. March 23 (Interfax) - Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has approved the country's accession to the agreement on setting up the Council of the Heads of CIS Financial Intelligence Services, the country's Justice Ministry said on Friday.

"The republic's Prosecutor General's Office department for combating tax, foreign currency crimes, and legalizing criminal incomes is an Uzbek authorized body in charge of implementing this international treaty," the statement said.

The Uzbek Foreign Ministry is instructed to file a notification with the CIS Executive Committee of the fulfillment of internal state procedures required for the country to join this agreement.

The agreement was signed at the CIS summit in Ashgabat on December 5, 2012. The purpose of the council is to implement joint measures taken by financial intelligence services and rapid information exchange and to arrange training for personnel.

Uzbekistan also joined the protocol signed in Minsk on October 10, 2014, introducing changes to the agreement.

Uzbekistan has stepped up its CIS activity following Mirziyoyev's election as president in December 2016. The country has joined in the work of several CIS bodies, and the deputy prime minister has been made the national coordinator.