In the margins of the recent Egmont Meeting held in Budapest on 16-19 February, the Financial Intelligence Unit of the United Kingdom and the Financial Intelligence Service of the Kyrgyz Republic signed an MOU on exchanging financial intelligence using the Egmont Secure Web. The Egmont Group is an international body of which many financial intelligence services from around the world are members and which provides a structure for them to exchange intelligence relating to financial crime.
The UK Financial Intelligence Unit forms part of the National Crime Agency, which leads UK efforts to combat serious and organised crime. A spokesperson commented:
“The NCA welcomes the opportunity to work with overseas partners to tackle threats arising from cross-border criminal and illegal financial activity. Signing MOUS with partners such as the Kyrgyz Financial Intelligence Service to facilitate the exchange of financial intelligence is key to our strategy.”