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March 10, 2020

Refinitiv partners with Iraqna IBTS to enhance regulatory compliance efficiency in Iraq

Refinitiv’s World-Check will help Iraqi financial institutions comply with the FATF recommendations and global sanctions legislation.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Refinitiv is partnering with Iraqna IBTS, an anti-financial crime training and technology consultancy in Iraq, to provide Iraqi financial institutions with risk screening and compliance services in order to strengthen their risk programs and combat financial crime.

As part of the agreement, Refinitiv’s World-Check will support the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) procedures of Iraqi financial institutions, minimizing their exposure to financial crime risks and increasing the level of compliance in line with the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) recommendations and with global sanctions legislation.

The lack of accurate data and reliable sources pose significant challenges when it comes to identifying high risk individuals and organizations in Iraq. In addition, financial institutions in the country lack access to training services in financial crime areas such as maintaining sanction lists, screening highly exposed persons, and in achieving effective compliance. At the same time, Refinitiv reports that more than 40% of financial institutions have fallen victim to financial crime in the past five years*. In response, 70% of financial institutions expect to increase their investment in compliance over the next two years and 87% expect their technology to continue to develop.

Abdul-Razzaq Muhammad Ali, General Manager of Iraqna IBTS, said: “Today, Iraqna IBTS marks a milestone as we partner with Refinitiv, an organization known for helping to combat financial crime, supporting compliance efficiency, and for addressing regulatory risk for companies on a global stage.”

“At Iraqna IBTS we support institutions identify, report, and stop dealing with individuals and entities subject to international sanctions. Since the establishment of Iraqna IBTS, we have been determined to achieve one of the company's main goals which is to provide integrated training and consulting services in the field of combating financial crimes. With Refinitiv, we were able to launch an anti-financial crime awareness program we are helping financial institutions uphold sound compliance and meet their regulatory obligations within the financial services sector in Iraq,” Abdul-Razzaq added.

Nadim Najjar, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Refinitiv, said: “Our partnership with Iraqna IBTS will benefit all financial institutions in Iraq at a time when local regulatory requirements are increasing and demand for risk and compliance solutions across the country is high. The partnership will also contribute to meeting the requirements and recommendations of the MENA-FATF working group and ultimately raising the visibility of Iraq’s reviews and ranking on an international scale. With IBTS’s on the ground presence, we believe we are in a much stronger position to support the compliance community in Iraq.”

* Figures based on Refinitiv’s MENA Financial Crime Report 2019

About Refinitiv

Refinitiv is one of the world’s largest providers of financial markets data and infrastructure, serving over 40,000 institutions in approximately 190 countries. It provides leading data and insights, trading platforms, and open data and technology platforms that connect a thriving global financial markets community – driving performance in trading, investment, wealth management, regulatory compliance, market data management, enterprise risk and fighting financial crime. For more information visit: www.refinitiv.com

About Iraqna (IBTS)

Iraqna (IBTS) is a leading consultancy and training services company in Iraq. IBTS has an experience of 10 years in compliance and governance consultancy. IBTS is exclusive and super-agent in Iraq for big US high reputable organizations such as ACAMS, ACFCS, Kryterion for Global Testing Solutions, “Laserfiche” content management solution, TRABBIT Financial Crimes Solution, OPES for FATCA- IRS reporting software, Also, IBTS is a banks rating advisor for 13 Iraqi banks via FITCH Ratings methodology. IBTS is PMO for 8 leading banks in Iraq . IBTS is the only certified testing center for Global and American professional certificates such as CAMS, CFCS, Oracle, Sisco,…etc. by Krayterion, PCI and Person VUE.

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