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Eastern and Southern Africa Anti Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG)

est. 1999


The Eastern and South African Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) was launched at a meeting of Ministers and high-level representatives in Arusha, Tanzania, on 26th-27th August 1999. ESAAMLG comprises fourteen countries from the Eastern region of Africa down to the southern tip of Africa. Two of the members are located in the Indian Ocean.


The purpose of the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) is to combat money laundering by implementing the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Forty Recommendations. This effort includes co-coordinating with other international organizations concerned with combating money laundering, studying emerging regional typologies, developing institutional and human resource capacities to deal with these issues, and coordinating technical assistance where necessary. ESAAMLG enables regional factors to be taken into account in the implementation of anti-money laundering measures.