Business News of Saturday, 29 July 2017
Ghana needs to intensify its fight against money laundering to boost foreign investments, Mr Alex Odei-Kissi, CEO of PSA Professional Institute has said.
Mr Odei-Kissi, an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Tuition Provider with over 20 years’ experience in Accounting and Auditing said failure to fight money laundering will result in “the country taking on a criminal image and it will not attract investors into the country”.
Speaking in an interview with Moro Awudu on the ‘Think Ahead’ series on Class91.3FM on Tuesday, July 26, Mr Odei-Kissi emphasised the importance of building a strong information system to help fight money laundering.
“With lack of information systems, it is very difficult to trace when money laundering activities are going on,” he noted.
He pointed out that: “All organisations including financial and non-financial institutions are supposed to train their employees in specific areas to be able to identify suspicious money laundering transactions”.
In the banks and other financial institutions, “significant unusual deposits and withdrawals” could be a sign of money laundering activity hence initial steps must be taken to report to money laundering officers who are normally experienced and knowledgeable and serve as a point of contact who take it up to report to the financial intelligence unit within the country [for further investigation]”.
He said money laundering is a global challenge which needs concerted efforts to curb.
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