Saturday, December 4

Sign agreement that creates the Interinstitutional Technical Committee on International Legal Assistance

The signing of the agreement for the constitution of the Interinstitutional Technical Committee of Central Authorities and Entities Related to the Management of Requests for International Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters will strengthen compliance actions to exclude Panama from discriminatory lists, highlights a press release from the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF).

This was announced by the technical secretary of the National Commission against Money Laundering, Financing of Terrorism and Financing of the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CNBC), from the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), Isabel Vecchio Arófulo, at the opening of the annual meeting of the European Union’s Transnational Crime Assistance Program, entitled “The Finances of Organized Crime.”

Added that all these actions are positive to fortify the governmental system, the justice system and the country, with a view to both national and international transparency.

Vecchio stressed that the MEF is strengthening the work teams at the inter-institutional level, in order to involve the institutions that have to do with the action plan to exclude Panama from the discriminatory lists, primarily that of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

He pointed out that The creation of the Interinstitutional Technical Committee will allow, in a systematic and programmed way, strengthen the coordination of joint actions to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and speed of the procedures for handling international applications in criminal matters in the Republic of Panama.

The agreement was signed by the ambassador of the European Union in Panama, Chris Leo Clark, the Minister of Government, Janaina Tewaney Mencomo, the Attorney General of the Nation, Javier Caraballo and the magistrate director of the Supreme Court of Justice, Luis Ramón Fábrega.

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