Chairman of World Association of
Compliance (WAC) Takes Part and
Financial Crimes Forum in Bahrain
The 2nd Annual Fraud & Financial Crimes Forum, which concluded this week in Bahrain, has
presented a vital opportunity for anti-fraud and anti-money laundering professionals from all financial
Addressing the delegates, Abou-El-Fotouh said: sound corporate governance framework at
financial institutions is very important to safeguard the institution against fraud. It ensures
that oversight responsibilities exercised at each layer ensures proper internal controls,
transparency and integrity. The layers include shareholders (represented in the Annual
General Assembly), Board of Directors, Audit Committee and other board committees,
independent auditors, CEO & top management and support business units.
He further added: the application of the four principals of corporate governance i.e.
accountability, fairness, transparency and fairness; should help the institution to reduce the
likelihood of fraud and other financial crimes.
He underscored the importance of training. In particular, internal auditors must receive
specialized training on fraud detection and prevention. However, other employees in the
institution should receive adequate training relevant to their job. Coupled with training, is
targeted fraud awareness programs.
Abou-El-Fotouh stressed that financial institutions should develop sound custom-made
risk-focused compliance ad anti-fraud programs, which involve the development and
adoption of procedures, systems and controls to address the risk of financial crimes
including money laundering. Additionally, they should understand the latest technological
solutions in combating fraud and financial crimes
Finally, Abou-El-Fotouh called on financial institutions to improve customer data protection
and assess their operations accordingly.
About World association of Compliance (WAC)
World association of Compliance (WAC) is a non-profit organization registered in New Jersy.
It focuses on regulatory and compliance issues worldwide
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