The Egmont Group

an international body whose objective is to strengthen international co-operation among the world's financial intelligence units set up to fight money laundering, has admitted 11 new countries as members and observers. Barbados, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, UAE, South Korea, Russia, Andorra, Poland, Israel, Singapore and Canada have had membership confirmed. Albania, Malaysia, Germany, Malta, Lebanon, Mauritius, Macedonia, Peru and South Africa have been granted observer status.