During 25 May - 1 June 2007, the delegation from Uzbekistan, consisting of the representatives of the President’s office of the Republic of Uzbekistan, General Prosecutor’s office, Ministry of Finance, State Tax Committee, Central Bank, as well as OSCE and UNDP representatives has undertaken a study tour to Turkey in order to learn the successful Turkish experience in identification, interception, and prevention of financial and business crimes.
The visit was organized by UNDP "Public Finance Reform in Uzbekistan" Project jointly with OSCE and Turkish International Cooperation Agency in the effort to assist the Government of Uzbekistan in formulation of anti-money laundering strategy.
Overall objective of the visit was to learn the best practices of Turkey in the area of fighting against corruption, legalizing criminal incomes, illicit turnover of funds, and, in particular, tax evasions, in order to apply the best of them in the future policies of Uzbekistan.
During the study tour, the delegation visited key government and non-government agencies of Turkey dealing with anti-money laundering, such as Department of anti-smuggling and organized crime of Turkish National Police of the Ministry of Interior, Regulation and monitoring division of Central Bank of Turkey, Banking Regulation and Supervision agency, Financial crime investigation board of Ministry of Finance, OECD Tax Center and Undersecretariat of Treasury. Special meetings were organized with Revenue of Administration the General Representative of Siemens IT Solutions and Services companies, Revenue and capital markets board of Turkey Department of enforcement.
The members of the delegation got acquainted with the methods of collection, analysis and preliminary check up of the information of illegal or economically inexpedient character of financial and economic transactions, principles of formation and software of databases, interaction of government agencies on exposure and suppression of legalization of incomes received illegally and their cooperation with similar structures of foreign countries and international organizations.
During the visit, the delegation had an opportunity to learn the experience of Turkey on information exchange among all controlling bodies and state departments, which are the members of Coordination Committee on fighting against economic delinquency. They also studied the Turkish system of control of information on illegal transactions, co-ordination of activities of government agencies, as well as procedures on establishment and registration of legal entities.
The visit allowed to establish new contacts and to define further steps for possible cooperation. Study tour was very helpful to generate ideas for development of anti-money laundering policy in Uzbekistan.