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G-20 wants all nations to sign Convention on money laundering

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G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors at IMF Head Quarters in Washington DC, on Friday. Photo: PTI
G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors at IMF Head Quarters in Washington DC, on Friday. Photo: PTI

To combat money laundering and financing of terrorism, the G-20 Finance Ministers have called upon all nations to sign the global convention for comprehensive exchange of information.

“We call upon all countries to join the Global Forum on transparency and to sign on the Multilateral Convention on Mutual combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” said the communiqué issued after the G-20 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors.

G-20 is a grouping of rich and developing countries. The Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance facilitates sharing of tax information among the member countries.

The G-20 also supported the renewal of the mandate of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which is an inter-governmental body formed to frame policies to combat money laundering and terror financing.

The communiqué said protecting investment was crucial for the global recovery and reaffirmed commitment to avoid protectionism.

It said the growth expectations for 2012 remain moderate on the back of constrained consumption and investment growth and volatility in financial markets.

The recent economic developments point to the continuation of a modest global recovery followed by some significant policy action, the communiqué said, adding that the risk to global economic growth has started to recede.

“High levels of public and private indebtedness, the need for structural reforms, insufficient global rebalancing, and persistent unemployment and development gaps continue to weigh on medium-term global growth prospects,” it said.

In the context of high unemployment and indebtedness in many countries, it said “supporting growth and job creation, structural reforms, restoring medium-term fiscal sustainability and promoting global rebalancing remain at the core of our commitments”.

It said: “We remain committed to take the necessary actions to secure global financial stability. This effort shows the commitment of the international community to safeguard global financial stability and put the global economic recovery on a sounder footing”.

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