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Mobile banking to come under ACC scanner

Commission to pick focal person soon

| Updated: November 22, 2019 15:02:54

— FE file photo — FE file photo

The head of Anti Corruption Commission, or ACC, has said a focal person will be selected at the anti-graft watchdog shortly to get information about suspicious transactions.

Chairman Iqbal Mahmood made the disclosure on Thursday at a meeting with top executives of the country's leading mobile financial services, or MFS, operators at the Commission office in Dhaka.

"We will appoint one of our officials as a focal person who will ask for information from the mobile financial companies as part of the inquiry and investigation," he said.

"The ACC expects instant cooperation from the respective MFS operators," he added.

He sought help from the operators in preventing bribery, money laundering and terror financing.

Managing director of Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited Abul Kashem Md Shirin, chief executive officer of bKash Limited Kamal Quadir, and director general of Postal Directorate Sudhangshu Shekhar Bhadra spoke at the meeting.

The ACC chief said, "It is crucial to prevent transaction of bribes and terror financing via mobile financial services channels as the Commission received complaints that these have become popular among criminals."

Mr Mahmood requested the high officials of the companies to keep detailed information and digital receipt of every transaction and report it to the relevant agency if the transaction seems to be suspicious.

Speaking at the programme, bKash CEO said they keep all records of transactions in their mobile banking channel and if the ACC asks for specific information, his company will deliver it.

At another meeting with the officials of courier service companies, the ACC chairman said the courier service providers need to ensure correct identity and information of senders and receivers before transporting their goods to prevent illegal activities.

ACC director general (money laundering) Abdun Nur Muhammad Al Firoz, Bangladesh Bank (BB) general manager (payment systems department) Md Mezbaul Haque and SA Paribahan managing director Salahuddin Ahmed also spoke at the programme.

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