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CTF Summit 2018: Synergies and Solutions

This year the annual Counter-Terrorism Funding (CTF) Summit is currently being held in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Australian Transactions Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) said that the theme for the 4th annual summit is Regional Synergies for Regional Solutions and it will build upon the work and relationships that were formed in previous CTF Summits.

This summit is being jointly held by Thailand’s Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) Indonesia Financial Intelligence Unit (PPATK) and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC).

Austrac said that this year’s summit will be bringing together over350 leaders and financial intelligence specialists together.

According to Austrac, the key areas that will be addressed:

  • the identification and prioritisation of ISIL affiliated organisations in the Asia Pacific region, as well as other emerging terrorist organisations;

  • the launch of a regional assessment on non-profit organisation red flag indicators;

  • the release of a secure information-sharing platform prototype;

  • a multi-intelligence analyst exchange program ‘Hubbing’ exercise;

  • collaboration of FIUs and sharing of best practice techniques to combat terrorism financing; and

  • exploring new opportunities to strengthen the cooperation of regional FIUs in combatting transnational crime threats, including corruption and human trafficking/people smuggling.

This will be the second annual summit with Nicole Rose as the CEO of Austrac.

“Terrorism is one of the most significant threats we face, and AUSTRAC, in cooperation with our partners worldwide, is committed to playing our part in stamping it out,” Rose said.

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