The Anti Money Laundering and Counter Financing Terrorism (AML/CFT) Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Forum was formed on the 26th day of August 2015, during the GIABA Three day ‘Regional Sensitization Workshop for Civil Society Organizations on Anti-Money Laundering And Combating the Financing of Terrorism Requirement’ which held from the 24th of August – the 26th of August 2015 at Best Western Island Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. On the 20th day of July, 2016 the AML/CFT CSO Forum Nigeria met at the ECOWAS Secretariat, Onikan Lagos, to inaugurate the Nigerian Chapter and it’s Executives and reiterate its stand to speak against corruption and money laundering primarily through Advocacy and any other feasible legal means.
The AML/CFT CSO Forum is extended to each ECOWAS Region Member States thereby forming a regional network which brings together all civil society organizations united to support the fight against Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism in the region.
GIABA is a specialized Institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as FATF-Styled Regional Body (FSRB) responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of Anti-Money Laundering(AML) and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (CFT) in West Africa towards ensuring compliance with International AML/CFT standards.
GIABA is responsible for strengthening the capacity of ECOWAS member States towards the prevention and control of money laundering and terrorist financing in the Region
GIABA Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa
Groupe Intergouvernemental de Lutte contre le Blanchiment en Afrique de l’Quest
Grupo Inter Governamental de Accao contra o Branqueamento de Dinheiro em Africa Ocidental