Antigua and Barbuda Tops OECS in Anti-Money Laundering Certification Program

Antigua and Barbuda has obtained the highest score in the OECS in the inaugural Anti-Money Laundering certification programme.

In January, the Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology (ABIIT) through the Ministry of Education signed on as the official University Partner with the Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Institute (MLFC) in Florida.

Under the agreement ABIIT is responsible to offer certificate programs in the field of Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) and Financial Crimes (FC).

The first cohort ended with great success last week, with Antigua’s very own Heather Bradshaw attaining the highest score among the 8 individuals who took part in the programme.

“We are pleased to announce that first cohort under the Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology were successful. Ms. Heather Bradshaw from Antigua obtained the highest score within the OECS region and we are extremely proud.”

Acting head of Campus at ABIIT, Danelle Martin told ZDK news that apart from becoming certified in Anti- Money laundering and Financial Crimes field, Bradshaw will also receive international recognition.

Martin added that the course entailed online courses available locally and regionally to the other OECS Countries.

“The first section was actually an online course facilitated through the instructors in Miami. Coming up on June 9th, the second cohort will begin in Antigua which will be done with live instruction within ABIIT for 18 weeks,” she noted.

In 2015, The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) commended the twin island state for making significant progress in addressing Money Laundering but warned that deficiencies in relation to legislation designed to prevent money laundering remain.

Martin noted that the partnership between the two institutions seeks to provide an avenue for nationals and professionals within the region to certify themselves in the field to fill positions locally, regionally, and internationally.

“We seek not to only further develop our financial sector here in Antigua and Barbuda but also to grow our awareness for Global Financial Compliance and Regulatory Laws, so this programme sends a strong signal that the nation of Antigua and Barbuda is committed to being fully compliance with international laws and to cultivate world class professionals to handle that within our entire region,” Martin concluded.

Persons interested to sign up for the programme are asked to visit the website, mlfc.institute to register.

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