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  • Installation today of the new members of the board of the conseil CTRF

    Following the promulgation of the presidential decree appointing the members of the Council of the CTRF in OJ n ° 52 of September 02, 2020, the Minister of Finance proceeded to their installation at the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance today, September 16, 2020. On this occasion and after welcoming the new members (gentlemen: Mohamed Oudni; Djamel Guerrache; Ahmed Abdelatif Benmokhtar; Abdellah Bouhafs; Mokrane Hennoun and Rachid Bouguezine), he reiterated the commitment of the public authorities to support the CTRF in its noble missions in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

  • La CTRF analyse activement les déclarations de soupçons, compile et diffuse les informations relatives à la Lutte contre le blanchiment d'argent auprès des banques et effectue une certaine auto-analyse quantitative et qualitative (United States Department of State/Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs/International Narcotics Control /Strategy Report/Volume II. Money Laundering March 2019) lien

  • The 27th Plenary Meeting of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa MENAFATF:
    • Program of voluntary fiscal compliance of Algeria (update): Ending of the program of voluntary fiscal compliance in Algeria due to the end term of the program.
    • First updating report of Algeria: Adoption of the First updating Report of Algeria. The Second updating Report will be submitted to the 31st MENAFATF Plenary Meeting in April 2020.

  • Algeria pursues "aggressive counterterrorism campaign" WASHINGTON- Algeria is pursuing an "aggressive counterterrorism campaign" against all terrorist activity and succeeded in countering terrorist threats... Source,Algeria press service,July 20,2017,link : http://en.aps.dz/algeria/19472-algeria-pursues-aggressive-counterterrorism-campaign

  • Nation Council (May 30.2016): adoption of the Draft Law amending and complementing the Ordinance N° 66-156 carrying the Penal Code. The Nation Council has adopted on Monday the Draft Law amending and complementing the Ordinance N° 66-156 carrying the Penal Code. The legislation aims to criminalize recruiting individuals for terrorist associations, groups and organizations, and supporting their acts as well as the dissemination of their ideas through information and communication technologies or other means. The supplementary report of the commission of legal, administrative and human rights affairs has pointed out that the legislation allows to address legal gaps concerning the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters.

  • The MENAFATF of which Algeria is a founding member since 2004, has adopted during its general meeting held from 23 to 28 April 2016 in Doha (Qatar) Algeria' monitoring report. Thus, Algeria is no more under MENAFATF' ordinary monitoring process.

  • The People' National Assembly has adopted on April 20,2016 the bill complementing the ordinance N 66-156 carrying Penal Code. This text came to strengthen means of combatting terrorism through criminalization of foreign fighter's phenomenon that move to others countries to commit terrorist acts, as it prohibits financing of these acts.

  • FATF Plenary meeting February 19, 2016 : Algeria no longer subject to the FATF's on-going global AML/CFT compliance processus "The FATF welcomes Algeria's significant progress in improving its AML/CFT regime and notes that Algeria has established the legal and regulatory framework to meet its commitments in its action plan regarding the strategic deficiencies that the FATF had identified in October 2011. Algeria is therefore no longer subject to the FATF's monitoring process under its on-going global AML/CFT compliance process..."

  • Adoption of the Draft Law completing Ordinance n°66-156 of June 8 1966, pertaining to the penal Code during the meeting of the Council of Ministers on December 30 2015. As a reminder, the Draft Law aims to strengthen the fight against terrorism by the incrimination of foreign terrorist fighters.

  • Adoption by the government during its meeting on November 17, 2015, of the initial draft law supplementing Ordinance n°66-156 of 8 June 1966 pertaining to the Penal Code. The draft law object is to adapt the national legislative framework to the international commitments, in particular to United Nations Security Council Resolution n° 2178 of 24 September 2014. Its object is also to complete provisions of Ordinance n°66-156 of 8 June 1966 pertaining to the Penal Code (Articles 87 bis and 87 bis 12)

  • Algeria has been removed from the list of identified countries in the GAFI's public statement.

    By recognizing the significant progress achieved by Algeria to improve its system of combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, as well as its management of its action plan at technical level, the GAFI has decided during its plenary meeting held from 18 to 23 October 2015, to take Algeria off the list of identified countries in its public statement.
    At the end of the meeting, the GAFI has published in October 24, 2015 on its website a communiqué that could be summed up as follows:
    Since October 2011, when Algeria made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and MENAFATF to address its strategic AML/CFT deficiencies, Algeria has made significant progress to improve its AML/CFT regime.
    Algeria has substantially addressed its action plan at a technical level, including by:
    (1) adequately criminalising terrorist financing;
    (2) establishing an adequate legal framework and procedures for identifying, tracing, and freezing terrorist assets;
    (3) improving and broadening customer due diligence (CDD) measures and ensuring that they apply to all financial institutions;
    (4) establishing a fully operational and effectively functioning financial intelligence unit ; and
    (5) enacting an appropriate provision for mutual legal assistance. The FATF will conduct an on-site visit to confirm that the process of implementing the required reforms and actions is underway to address deficiencies previously identified by the FATF.
  • The draft bill related to the prevention and fight against money laundering and terrorist financing was adopted by the National Popular Assembly on Thursday 30 January 2015 and by the Estate Council in 01 February 2015

Draft bill proposal

The action plan of the Government for the implementation of the program of his excellence Mister President of the Republic, adopted in May, 2014, has provided, " Concerning the anti-money laundering and the terrorist financing, the adaptation of the relevant national device , with regard to the current international standards and to the reinforcement of the organization of the Financial Intelligence Processing Unit in the effect to allow it to increase its operating efficiency.For that purpose, it was proceeded to the adaptation of the legislative and statutory device there related, in connection with the concerned national institutions,namely the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Bank of Algeria by the proposal of a draft bill modifying and completing the law n°05-01 of February 6th, 2005, modified and completed by the ordinance n°12-02 of February 13th, 2012, relative to the prevention and to the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing.
As a reminder, other measures had also been taken by the publication of the following texts, in particular:

  • The law N14-01 of 04 February 2014 modifying and completing the ordinance N 66-156 of 08 Jule 1966 pertaining to the Penal Code.
  • The Executive Decree N13-318 of 16 September 2013 related to the procedure of identification,localisation,freezing of Funds and other goods within the framework of fighting against money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • The law N12-03 pertaining to the prevention and fight against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.
  • The guidelines of the Bank of Algeria of October 30th, 2014 relative to the vigilance measures towards the customers ( financial institutions)
  • The guidelines related to the vigilance measures toward customers concerning non financial companies and professions that are not under the control and supervision of the Bank of Algeria.

These measures are inspired from the international conventions ratified by Algeria, UN Security Council Resolutions as well as from recommendations of the Group of Financial Action (GAFI).
At the international level, besides its membership in July, 2013 to the Group EGMONT, the FIPU concluded this day eighteen ( 18 ) Memorandums of agreement with various countries from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Membership of Algeria to EGMONT Group

  • The membership of Algeria to the Group Egmont was officially confirmed during the plenary session of the Group taken from 01 till 05 July 2013 in South Africa.
  • Created in 1995, the Group Egmont is a forum of operational exchange for Financial intelligence units. The objective of the Group Egmont is to provide a forum for the Financial intelligence units of the whole world to improve the cooperation in the anti-money laundering and the terrorism financing and to facilitate the implementation of national programs in this field. Consisted at present of 131 members, the membership to the Group Egmont is recommended by the international standards of the Group of Financial Action (GAFI).
  • As a reminder, the Group Egmont has, during its last meeting taken from 22 till 23 January 2013 in Ostend (Belgium), approved the membership of our country while waiting for its validation in plenary session with the presence of all the member countries.
  • This meeting follows the last visit-country made in December, 2012 by the experts of countries having sponsored our candidacy ) (Egypt and France).
  • The ceremony of membership took place in plenary on July 03rd, 2013 with the presence of 131 member countries as well as of the President of the GAFI as an observer.
  • At the end of the in camera session, Algeria as well as eight (08) other candidate countries were invited to join their seat under the applauses of all the member countries of the Group Egmont (131).
  • Algeria so becomes the 139th member country to join the Group Egmont.
  • At the regional level, Algeria so joins the countries of the GAFIMOAN (Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Syria) as well as other African countries (Cameroon, official list of Ivory coasts, Gabon, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius Island, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Togo).

14th Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force Plenary Meeting
- Algiers, 28 to 30 November 2011-

  • Algeria has held from the 28 to 30 November 2011 MENAFAT Plenary Meeting that was chaired by Algeria this year. The opening ceremony was chaired by his Excellency the Minister of Finance on the 28 November 2011 in presence of several guests representing MENAFATF member states as well as countries and international and regional organizations as observers.
  • That Meeting is ascribed within the framework of efforts aiming at consolidation of international standards in matter of fighting Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.

  • Cette réunion s'inscrit dans le cadre des efforts visant la consolidation des standards internationaux en matière de lutte contre le blanchiment d'argent et le financement du terrorisme.
    • On the margin of the Plenary Meeting, meetings of MENAFATF specialized groups and commissions were held in particular :
    • 1. The Third Meeting of subcommittee related to Financial Intelligence Units Forum of MENAFATF member states as well as the Fourth Meeting of MENAFATF Financial Intelligence Forum
    • 2. The Seventeenth Mutual Evaluation Working Group (MEWG) Meeting as well as the Thirteenth Technical Assistance and Typologies Working Group (TATWG) Meeting.

  • Created in 2004 during a ministerial meeting held on 30 November 2004 at Manama (BAHREIN) by governments of fourteen countries, the MENAFATF is a FATF type regional group operating in the Middle East and North Africa region. It is also an associate member of the Financial Action Task Force (or GAFI).
  • Algeria is a founding member of the MENAFATF and participates actively in the different works of the group.
  • The MENAFATF is represented, in addition to Executive Secretariat, by all Arab states: Algeria, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania and Yemen.
  • Other foreign delegations have an observer status in particular the Financial Action Task Force, the USA, France, Great Britain, Spain, Palestine, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, the International Monetary Fund, the Arab Monetary Fund, the World Bank, UNODC, World Customs Organization, the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (AGP) and the Eur Asia Group against Money laundering and (EAG).
  • The current Chairman, for the year 2011 is the Chairman of the Financial Intelligence Processing Unit (or CTRF) of the Algerian Ministry of Finance. The vice president is the Dr. Abdulrahman Bin Abdulmohsin Alkhalaf Vice Governor for technical affairs of the Saudi Monetary Agency. The present Executive Secretary is appointed for four-year term and is Adel Hamad Al Qulish from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Secretariat has its siege in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

FATF: Closing of the 14th Plenary Meeting with the adoption of several decisions.


Algiers- The 14th MENAFATF Plenary Meeting ended on Wednesday with the adoption of several decisions by member states including the work plan for 2012 and admission of the United Nations as an observer member within the MENAFATF.

The admission of the United Nations institution as an observer member within the MENAFATF “Will enhance the cooperation with the United Nations bodies and organs and enable it to participate in MENAFATF activities, particularly the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Monitoring Team established by the SC/RES/1267 (1999) concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban and Associated Individuals and Entities and the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED)”, the final press release of the meeting.

Participants also adopted a series of recommendations including the continuation of coordination with technical aid providers in order to develop systems against Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism and implement “a training program on methodological analysis during the first quarter of 2012”. In addition to the FATF training program for 2012-2014, participants approved during that international meeting reports related to the follow up for the mutual evaluation processes of Lebanon, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain, noting “The reports revealed the progress made by such countries in developing their AML/CFT regimes according to the plan established for that purpose in their MERs adopted between 2006 and 2009.

Chaired by Algeria, the meeting adopted a series of recommendations including the continuation of revision of international standards and international cooperation in addition to “strengthening the fight against drug trafficking and money laundering” the same source indicated.

FATF has been created in 2004 during a ministerial meeting in Manama (Bahrain) and include several Arab countries. That regional group includes several observers in particular the FATF, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the International Customs Organization, the United States of America, France, Great Britain as well many Anti Money Laundering Groups in the world. Saudi Arabia will chair the MENAFATF Group during the year 2012.

the 13th plenary meeting of MENAFATF

while the 14th plenary meeting was held from 26 to 30 November 2011 in Algiers, the 13th MENAFATF plenary meeting was held in the Regency Hotel, Kuwait, State of Kuwait, from 3 to 5 May 2011. The meeting was chaired by the Algerian Republic, represented by Mr. Abdenour Hibouche, President of Cellule de Traitement du Renseignement Financier (CTRF) who inaugurated the plenary meeting – which was hosted by the Central Bank of Kuwait and the National Committee for AML and CFT – with Mr. Riyadh Al Hajri, First Attorney-General, Public Prosecution, State of Kuwait and Mr. Luis Urrutia, FATF President.

A large number of AML/CFT experts participated in the Plenary meeting, representing MENAFATF member countries (Jordan, UAE, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, and Yemen), in addition to observer countries and organizations (United Kingdom, USA, Spain, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Gulf Cooperation Council, FATF, Egmont Group and Arab Monetary Fund).


  • 1) Mutual Evaluation Reports: The 13th Plenary adopted the mutual evaluation reports of AML/CFT regimes of: - The Sultanate of Oman (conducted jointly with the FATF) following an onsite visit to the Sultanate during the period from 17 to 29 July 2010. The report discussed all aspects of the AML/CFT regime and the level of compliance of the Sultanate of Oman with the international standards in this regard and the extent of the regime effectiveness. The report will be discussed once again in the FATF plenary meeting that will be held in June 2011 since the GCC is a member of the FATF. - The State of Kuwait (conducted by the IMF) following an onsite visit to the State of Kuwait during the period from 17 October to 1st of November 2010. The report discussed all aspects of the AML/CFT regime and the level of compliance of the State of Kuwait with the international standards in this regard and the extent of the regime effectiveness. The report will be discussed once again in the FATF plenary meeting that will be held in June 2011 since the GCC is member of the FATF.

  • 2) Follow-up reports: Within the framework of the follow up process for the mutual evaluation processes, the 13th Plenary meeting has adopted 6 follow-up reports for the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Republic of Yemen, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Kingdom of Morocco and the Arab Republic of Syria; such reports showed the progress made by those countries in developing their AML/CFT regimes according to the plan set up for that purpose in their MERs adopted between 2006 and 2009.

  • 3) Working Groups: The Plenary adopted the report of the Chair of the Mutual Evaluation Working Group (MEWG), which included decisions and recommendations the MEWG has reached in its meeting held in the State of Kuwait on the 1st of May 2011, on the margin of the 13th Plenary meeting in relation to: Adopting the amended MEWG mandate. Following up the ICRG process. Adopting the timeline of ME process. Adopting timeline of ME follow-up process for the countries that have been already evaluated. Following up on the latest developments in the process review of the international standards and the international cooperation review process. Moreover, the Plenary adopted the report of the Chair of the Technical Assistance and Typologies Working Group (TATWG), which included decisions and recommendations the TATWG has reached in its meeting held on 1st May 2011 on the margin of the 13th MENAFATF Plenary in relation to: Following up the developments of the typologies project on “Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances and Money Laundering”. MENAFATF training plan for the years 2012 – 2014. Following up the status of organizing “the seminar on prosecution authorities and judiciaries” and the Regional Conference entitled “Cross-Border Cash Transportation: Challenges, Detection, and Combating”. Proceeding in coordinating with the TA donors to provide some member countries with their needs’ in terms of TA to improve their AML/CFT regimes.

  • 4)4) 3rd MENAFATF Financial Intelligence Units Forum The 3rd MENAFATF FIUs forum was held on Monday 2 May 2011; the most important issues are summarized below: - Encouraging and following-up the applications of FIUs to join the Egmont Group. - Exchanging the experience through a presentation of Best Practices made by 4 FIUs on the “role of the FIU in analyzing STRs and setting policy to evaluate ML/TF risks”. - The mechanisms proposed by the sub-committee to build and promote the capacities of FIUs. - Establishing mechanisms of cooperation with other Working Groups within the MENAFATF. The 4th MENAFATF FIU forum will be held on the margin of the 14th plenary meeting in the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria in November 2011.

  • 5) Other Issues: Adopting the 6th annual report 2010, Closing Account 2010 and External Auditor Report. Adopting the MENAFATF 2012 budget.

  • 6) 14th Plenary Meeting: Algeria held, under the chairmanship of CTRF chairman,the 14th MENAFATF plenary meeting from 26 to 30 November 2011 in Algiers.

international cooperation

plenary meeting of MENAFATF : • Participation FIPU at the 15th plenary meeting of MENAFATF held from 26 to 30 April 2012 in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). • Participation FIPU at the 16th plenary meeting of MENAFATF held the 25 to 29 November 2012 in Marrakech (Morocco). The FIPU presented on this occasion its first monitoring report. As a reminder, the Mutual Evaluation Report (REM) of Algeria was published in December 2010 following the evaluation carried out in 2009-2010.

The membership to EGMONT group:

visit made to Algeria from 3 to 5 December 2012, on the fringe of the membership of our country to the Egmont Group, a delegation of experts from the two (02) countries supporting our candidacy (TRACFIN / France and EMCLU / Egypt) .

Memorandums of agreement :

  • -On the occasion of the holding of the 15th meeting of MENAFATF in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) from 26 to 30 November 2011, the President of the FIPU proceeded to the signature of two (02) Memorandums of agreement with its counterparts, members of MENAFATF ,namely the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Sultanate of Oman.
  • - it was proceeded to the signature of a Memorandum of agreement for the exchange of information with the Lebanon Unit , in the headquarter of the Lebanese Investigation Commission (SIC).
  • This is the 15th agreement signed with the Financial Intelligence Units counterparts (Jordan, UAE, Bahrain, Tunisia, Sudan, Oman, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Yemen, Senegal, Belgium, France, Poland).

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