BEI President Mr. Farooq Sobhan spoke at the opening session of a 3-day regional conference for prosecutors “Good Giving – Countering Terrorist Financing and Violent Extremism in the Charitable Community”, The Financial Express, 8 December
US for working together to counter terror financing
US Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement William R Brownfield on Monday said governments and non-government organisations will have to work together to counter terrorist financing. ‘The fight against terrorism is truly a global endeavour,’ Brownfield said laying emphasis on exchanging and sharing information among countries across the globe to stop terrorist financing. The US Assistant Secretary was addressing the opening session of a 3-day regional conference for prosecutors titled ‘Good Giving – Countering Terrorist Financing and Violent Extremism in the Charitable Community’ in a Dhaka hotel. Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) of the United Nations Elizabeth Joyce and president of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute Farooq Sobhan also spoke at the opening session. Participants from Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan are attending the conference funded by the Counter Terrorism Bureau. William Brownfield said charities and NGOs collect millions of dollars each year for benevolent causes across the globe. The vast majority of these organisations are created to help those in need and serve to promote socioeconomic development, he said. ‘Unfortunately, a portion of this money, whether by design or through the exploitation of legitimate organisations, is diverted to support the acts of terrorism,’ Brownfield added, according to a news agency.