24 November 2021

Opening of Annual Scientific and Practical Conference of the International Network AML/CFT Institute

The 7th Annual Scientific and Practical Conference of the International Network AML/CFT Institute (INI) entitled Threats and Risks to Financial Security in the Context of Digital Transformation was launched in Moscow on November 24, 2021.

The conference was opened with a Plenary meeting held at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI with the organizational and technical assistance of the International Training and Methodology Centre for Financial Monitoring (ITMCFM). The event was held with face-to-face and virtual participation: over 500 participants were registered via ZOOM. The meeting was chaired by Acting Rector of NRNU MEPhI V. Shevchenko.

The meeting was attended in-person by Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Chernyshenko, Director of Rosfinmonitoring Yury Chikhanchin, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Nikolay Zhuravlev, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Mikhail Kotyukov, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation Elena Druzhinina, Executive Secretary of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (EAG) Sergey Teterukov, heads of universities that are participants of the International Network AML/CFT Institute (INI) and scientific organizations of the RAS, as well as ITMCFM employees. A. Lavrenko, Deputy Head of the Personnel Department of the Presidential Executive Office, representatives of financial intelligence units and educational organizations of the EAG member states, and international anti-money laundering experts participated in the meeting via videoconferencing.

In his opening speech, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation D. Chernyshenko noted that digital transformation is one of the five national goals set by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, and in parallel with the creation of new convenient services for citizens and businesses, it is necessary to monitor risks and prevent cyber-attacks.

Our task is to ensure the security of citizens and the state from information threats. Today, it is science and the latest technologies that safeguard personal data, protect against cyber threats and solve financial security issues. The development of reliable information systems guarantees us the transparency and sustainability of the global and national financial systems. The focus is on the financial security of person in the context of globalization and digitalization. It is necessary to teach the younger generation the basics of financial literacy.

The Deputy Prime Minister emphasized that a lot of work related to improvement of the financial literacy of young people has already been carried out as part of the first International Financial Security Olympiad, organized at the initiative of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Dmitry Chernyshenko noted the great contribution of Rosfinmonitoring to its implementation and personally the head of the Service, Yury Chikhanchin

Yury Chikhanchin, head of the financial intelligence unit of Russia, suggested creating a special digital platform to improve the financial literacy of young people:

In the era of digitalization, it is impossible to do without the use of innovative technologies and services, including in education. Therefore, an important task is to unite the potential of government agencies, educational and scientific communities, as well as industrial partners to launch digital multifunctional tools for working with youth and teaching financial literacy. To this end, we propose to create a Sodruzhestvo digital platform, which will become a unified educational space. It will expand access to knowledge for young people and provide an opportunity for self-training and personal fulfilment.

Greetings from the Aide to the President of the Russian Federation D. Mironov were read out by A. Lavrenko:

Over the past years, your forum, organized with the support of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service, has firmly established itself as a popular platform for conducting a comprehensive analysis of problems related to combating illegal financial transactions, finding effective methods for solving them, and determining ways for the further dynamic development of the international anti-money laundering system...

I am sure that thanks to the unique structure and modern practice-oriented programs of the International Network AML/CFT Institute, a wide range of the most relevant issues will be considered in detail at the conference, which will serve as a serious ideological basis for further scientific research, as well as for introduction of advanced developments

The Conference will last until November 26 and will be held at the INI s educational and research institutions in the form of sections and round-table discussions.

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