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Commenting on its partnership with the Institute, John Byrne, Executive Vice President of ACAMS, said, "ACAMS is pleased to add the EIBFS to its extensive network of training partners throughout the MENA region, and to give the UAE's financial community the option of completing live CAMS training sessions throughout the year.
Under McDonell's leadership, the FATF Global Network also expanded to nine FATF-Style Regional Bodies (FSRBs), an important accomplishment for ACAMS as the Association has members in over 160 countries, most of those in one of those regions.
Grahame White, Head of Europe at ACAMS, remarked, "David's experience extends beyond just AML/CTF; he brings an abundance of knowledge from his tenure at the Serious Organised Crime Agency, where he helped establish a new unit designed to bridge the gap and enhance efficacy between public and private sectors.
Unit-owned containers will be added to property books and recorded in PBUSE, and will also be managed and reported in ACAMS.
Though not an official agency, ACAMS is endorsed by American government departments and has no serious rival in the US for training and the granting of certificates in the AML sector.
ACAMS Southern California Chapter will formally launch at an inaugural professional networking event to be held on September 16, 2009, at the Torrance Marriott South Bay.
An advantage of being an FERG member is the opportunity to access world class sources of knowledge and expert speakers at powerful platforms such as ACAMS.
ACAMS is the largest international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of AML and financial crime professionals from a wide range of industries with extensive resources designed to develop and sharpen the skills required for superior job performance and career advancement.
Prior to joining ACAMS, White's career in London's New Scotland Yard included 30 years of service at the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit and the Metropolitan and City Police Company Fraud Departments.
ACAMS is indeed honoured to have BIBF as its educational partner in Bahrain and the region and indicated that ACAMS, in collaboration with BIBF, will consider bringing its next annual conference to Bahrain," Mr Calpokis said.
ACAMS is an international membership organization dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and skills of AML professionals from a wide range of industries.