February 19, 2020 / By Alejandro Escolar
“Proliferation financing” refers to: the act of providing funds or financial services which are used, in whole or in part, for the manufacture, acquisition, possession, development, export, trans-shipment, brokering, transport, transfer, stockpiling or use of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery and related materials (including both technologies and dual use goods used for non-legitimate purposes), in contravention of national laws or, where applicable, international obligations 1
A Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) survey of sanctions professionals from across the global financial industry reveals significant gaps in private sector knowledge on proliferation finance and capacity to address North Korea and Iran sanctions 2.
The financial industry has developed in the last decades a good understanding of how to enable controls to avoid the use of an institution for money laundering or terrorism financing purposes. However, implementing counter proliferation finance measures in a financial institution is a complex task as it involves specific controls to be added over and above standard name list and payment screening activities.
This often results in two main challenges that financial institutions must overcome:
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2 Global Survey of Private Sector Reveals Significant Proliferation Finance and North Korea and Iran Sanctions Implementation Gaps (https://rusi.org/PFSurvey2020)