The CIFIU is a member of the following international groups:
Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) - from May 2001
As a member of the APG, the CIFIU actively participates in the AML/CFT activities of the APG by providing experts for the mutual evaluation process, presenters on key issues at forums, as interveners and most recently as the Pacific Representative on the APG-FATF Ad-Hoc Working Group and on the APG Steering Group from July 2012 to July 2013.
The Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units - from 2004
Recognising the benefits inherent in the development of FIU network, in 1995, a group of FIUs met at the Egmont Arenberg Palace in Brussels and decided to establish an informal group for the stimulation of international co-operation. Now known as the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, these FIUs meet regularly to find ways to cooperate, especially in the areas of information exchange, training and the sharing of expertise.
The goal of the Egmont Group is to provide a forum for FIUs around the world to improve cooperation in the fight against money laundering and financing of terrorism and to foster the implementation of domestic programs in this field.
Association of Pacific Islands Financial Intelligence Unit (APIFIU) - from 2011
The Association of Pacific Islands Financial Intelligence Unit was formally established on 21 July 2011 at the APG Annual Plenary meeting in Kochin, India, chaired by the Cook Islands Head of FIU. At the APG Annual Meeting in July 2012 at Brisbane, Australia, the Chairmanship changed to the Fiji FIU, and will rotate on an annual basis by alphabetical order. APIFIU now has a total of 11 members.
The APIFIU has recently completed a Pacific Typologies and a Revised FATF Standard workshop held in Brisbane, Australia from the 4 – 8 March 2013 with the assistance of the APG Secretariat, AUSTRAC (AusAid), the Pacific Forum Secretariat, and the United States (US State Department).
The CIFIU is also a member of the following national groups:
Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) - from March 2003
The ACC was first established by a Cabinet directive as a result of the Cook Islands signing up to the Asian Development Bank / Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (ADB/OECD) Anti-corruption Initiative Action Plan for Asia and the Pacific in 2003.
The ACC has come under different chairmanships with varying levels of commitment as a group or committee to re-affirm Government's commitment to the fight against corruption, through a proper formalisation of the ACC in accordance with the terms of reference approved by Cabinet on 20 September 2011. The Cook Islands acceded to implementing the United Nations Convention Against Crime (UNCAC) on 14 October 2011.
Coordinating Committee of Agencies and Ministries (CCAM) - from March 2003
The CCAM was mandated by Cabinet to be responsible for combating money laundering and terrorism financing in the Cook Islands and to provide policy advice to the Government. The committee is chaired by the Head of FIU and includes Head of Ministries or Agencies from the Airport Authority, Audit Office, Cook Islands Investment Corporation, Crown Law Office, Business Trade and Investment Board, Financial Supervisory Commission, Ministry of Finance & Economic Management, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration, Ministry of Justice and Police Department.
Combined Law Agency Group (CLAG) - from April 2009
CLAG is a group of Government agencies responsible for the effective management and coordination of national resources towards preventing, detecting and combating any regional or international risks or threats of criminal activities against the security or sovereignty of the Cook Islands.
Cook Islands National Intelligence Unit (CINIU) - from October 2012
CINIU is an operational Unit responsible to the CLAG Board of Management headed by the Commissioner of Police. It includes the core law enforcement agencies of Government.