Risk, AML fears hitting Arab correspondent banking

“De-risking” cited most often as key factor behind trend

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Not all Arab states have seen declines: correspondent banking is on the rise in the UAE

Though concerns over anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) are often thought to be behind the recent decline in correspondent banking, a new report focused on the Arab region suggests the problem may be more complex.

A survey by the Arab Monetary Fund, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank gathered information on which banks in the region have been affected over the period 2012–15 and what they believe the causes to be.

Nearly 39% of respondents

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