How Nigeria is tackling illicit financial flow – Minister

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, on Tuesday, said Nigeria has implemented significant measures to curb illicit financial flow and ensure asset recovery.

The minister spoke at the International Conference on Illicit Financial Flows and Asset Recovery which was held virtually.

In her keynote address, Ahmed described Nigeria as one of the most affected countries as far as illicit financial flow is concerned.

She said, “As one of the most affected countries, Nigeria has demonstrated strong commitment to addressing illicit financial flows through our participation in the Open Government Partnership and the significant progress made in the extractive industry.

“We have demonstrated that technology-enabled improvements in tax collection and compliance help deter tax crime and facilitate public trust.

“Also, the mainstreaming of transparency and anti-corruption measures into economic-policy-making processes significantly reduces crime.

“Similarly, establishing an accurate, up-to-date and public beneficial ownership register; and strengthening the automatic exchange of tax information; helps address the commercial components of illicit financial flows.”

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