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    Franco-Gabonese bank denies funding terrorism

    APA-Douala (Cameroon)

    The CEO of the Gabonese and French International Banking Group (BGFI) Bank Henri-Claude Oyima has categorically denied reports its branch in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was involved in money laundering and funding terrorism.

    “I have expressed my disappointment over the misleading information provided by a certain media outlet about the operation of BGFIBank DRC. The BGFIBank, is an international financial institution that strictly complies with international regulations and uses appropriate tools for filtering and controlling transactions, international transfers in the fight against money laundering and terrorism,” Oyima said in a statement seen by APA on Friday.

    “The filtering tools Swift, Fircosoft, and Firco MultiList Manager are approved by our different regulators and deployed within our subsidiary BGFIBank RDC,” he claimed.

    His statement comes at the end of his visit to the DRC, where he met with the Governor of the Central Bank of Congo, Deogratias Mutombo.

    Their talks focused on development prospects for BGFIBank Group in DRC through its subsidiary.

    The CEO, who met with the DRC monetary authorities, wanted to provide the regulator with all the necessary information and clarification following the meeting of the BGFIBank Supervisory Panel held in October 2017 in Libreville, Gabon, where assurances were given as to the support of parent company BGFI Holding Corporation and the Group as a whole.


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