The Financial Crime Forum - Asia Pacific - 2022
Phuket, Thailand 22-23 August 2022
Know Your Customer
(not just his money) TM
Please note that it is usual for speakers from government departments to be required to obtain formal approval. This is usually a formality for events such as The Financial Crime Forum but we cannot identify speakers before they have that approval.
07:45 - Delegates arrive, register and collect documents and working breakfast
08:00 – 09:15 Session One
Regional Government Speaker (awaiting confirmation)
The benefits of an integrated FIU and Investigation Agency: Thailand’s experience as the origin of the format.
09:15 – 09:30 Sponsor’s Presentation 1
09:30 – 10:15 Session Two
Prof. Dr. Dayu Kao Associate Executive Vice President, Deputy Head of Information Security Division, Bank SinoPac, Taiwan
Targeted attacks on financial services companies' information systems.
10:15 – 10:30 Sponsor’s Presentation 2
10:30 – 10:45 Walkabout and collect morning snacks
10:45 – 12:00 Session three
Regional Government Speaker (Immigration) (awaiting confirmation)
The outbound trafficking of persons in an internationally mobile workforce and the detection of foreign visitors entering the country for the purpose of engaging in illegal conduct particularly with regard to the abuse of children both of which subjects are of international concern. Identifying and prosecuting offenders.
12:00 – 12:15 Sponsor’s Presentation 3
12:15 – 13:00 Session four
Banking on Weed.
The challenges for banks in no-drugs jurisdictions dealing with customers in jurisdictions where some drugs are decriminalised.
13:00 – 13:30 Mingle: light buffet in the exhibition area. Registered guests welcome.
Exhibitors' Workshops 15:00 - 17:00
07:45 - Delegates arrive, and collect working breakfast
08:00 – 09:15 Session Five
Ilza Znotona. Former head, Financial Intelligence Unit, Latvia, Head of Delegation to MoneyVal.
The development and spread of Baltics transnational organised crime gangs, their activities and money movements.
09:15 – 09:30 Sponsor’s Presentation 4
09:30 – 10:15 Session Six
Artie McConnell Assistant United States Attorney, US Department of Justice, Eastern District of New York.
Investigating and identifying the assets of kleptocrats and freezing and confiscating them.
10:15 – 10:30 Sponsor’s Presentation 5
10:30 – 10:45 Walkabout and collect morning snacks
10:45 – 12:00 Session seven
Managing risk and compliance in a work-from-home environment.
(speaker confirmation awaited)
12:00 – 12:15 Sponsor’s Presentation 6
12:15 – 13:00 Session Eight.
Speaker from a Fintech company.
Identity - knowing your customer remotely.
13:00 – 13:05 Thanks.
13:05 – 13:45 Mingle: light buffet in the exhibition area. Registered guests welcome.
Programme subject to change.
Exhibitors' Workshops 15:00 - 17:00
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22 August 2022 Welcome. Four Speakers, each one and a quarter hour including discussion; three sponsors' presentations (15 Minutes)
23 August 2022 Four Speakers, each one and a quarter hour including discussion; three sponsors' presentations (15 minutes), Wrap up and thanks.
Afternoons: Exhibitors' Workshops, each 45 minutes for in-depth explanation and demonstration of products.
Delegates attending all sessions will receive a certificate evidencing Portable CPD (TM) and Credits towards the Certificate in Financial Crime Risk and Compliance. All delegates also receive a dedicated e-learning package from Financial Crime Risk and Compliance which, with the Forum credits will be sufficient to earn the Certificate in Financial Crime Risk and Compliance.
Dates: 22-23 August, 2022
Two days Eight speakers
The most important topics of the day
Family Friendly with
Smart casual attire (not beachwear).
Set in Phuket with easy access to beaches and resort hotels.
Local guide and transport available.
Arrive early and/or extend.
Forum language: English.
We adopt a deliberately low-tech approach to encourage discourse between delegates and speakers.
All financial crime risk and compliance officers.
Legislators, regulators and judges.
Investigators and prosecutors.
Heads of Financial Crime Compliance.
Heads of Fraud Protection.
Directors of Regulation.
Heads of Compliance.
Heads of Risk and Governance.
Directors of Policy and Regulation Industry.
Bribery, etc. officers in Industry.
Heads of Risk Management.
Tickets are outside the scope of UK/EU VAT. Ticket prices include Thai VAT where applicable.
Ticketing is via Eventbrite. Your ticket will be required for registration and for entry to any pre-registration event.
Price: individual delegate GBP120.
Multi-buy: five delegates for GBP500
Registered Guest: GBP5 (required for access to the pre-Forum reception and the Daily Mingle).
Money Laundering Risk and Compliance Tech: KYC, Due Diligence, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Security, Identity Management, Risk Intelligence and more.
A BIT ABOUT PHUKET
Time Zone: GMT+7
Airport code: HKT
Phuket Old Town is not the same as Phuket Town.
Phuket Old Town is a small part of what, by Island standards, is an urban sprawl. It’s about half-an-hour from the airport depending on traffic. There are buses, on demand taxis or private shuttles.
Within the Old Town, by far your best mode of transport is your feet. It’s a very walkable town, lots of interesting things to see and do within a surprisingly compact area. It’s a bit of a photographer’s dream both during the day and as the old buildings are lit up at night.
Car hire in Phuket is very cheap for a small runabout and if you plan to be out at night or to extend and/or stay in a more remote area, this might be your best option. We can’t recommend a company but there are many comparison and booking websites and, of course, your airline might have special deals. Note that in Thailand cars are right-hand-drive and traffic drives on the left.
During the day, Blue Buses are your best friend. They are a less garish version of Manila’s Jeepneys. They stop on demand rather than at bus stops. The ″bus station″ is a chaotic collection of buses and drivers all around one street corner. If there is a timetable, no one seems to know what it is. The service runs until 6pm. Fares are very cheap, fixed and paid to the driver in cash when you get off. There are also pink buses and ″Smart Buses″ of which we have no personal experience. For more information, see https://www.phuket101.net/phuket-blue-bus/
Taxis can be variable and relatively expensive but we have numbers of honest and fair companies.
Just follow your nose! While Phuket has some excellent western restaurants and, of course, the inevitable international chains, why would you go there? For example, there is a scruffy but very clean open fronted shop where the cooking happens on tables around the perimeter. It’s utterly chaotic. And it is recommended by the Michelin Guide. The food is excellent and so cheap it’s almost embarrassing. Where is it? No idea: our guide knows.
Halal food is widely available.
And if you want to go up-up---up market for a special treat, the Blue Elephant is the place. Dress up. This is absolutely not a casual restaurant. It also offers lessons in Thai cooking.
There are plenty of bars* to suit all tastes. For Jazz lovers, try The BeeBoop (24 Takuapa Rd,) where sometimes there’s a group booked but other times it’s common for a bunch of pals to just wander in and jam together and if you want to join in, you’re welcome. It’s run by some very welcoming and friendly people. It’s kind of like being surrounded by old friends the moment you walk in. It’s tiny, by the way.
Out and about
In the Old Town there are very respectable, and good, massage centres – and a surprising number of art galleries.
The promenade along the Sunday night market is something everyone tells tourists to do. It’s quite nice – but if you like architecture, you’ll find the street much more interesting during the day or an evening when it’s not full of people: it was developed as a Straits settlement, a short hop up from Melacca and Penang in Malaysia and the Portuguese and Chinese influences are strong.
There are regular Thai Boxing nights in various centres, lots of night markets for clothes and food and places to just stroll around doing not much except relaxing.
And then, of course, there are the beaches. Out of town, away from beach-side strips, there are many relaxing, even intimate, small restaurants and bars with sunsets that only the tropics can deliver. A relaxed approach to life is almost guaranteed.
Phuket is well documented on many ″best of″ websites with lists of attractions and activities so there is no need for us to go into more detail. And it’s also a great place to just go for walks in the hills or on the beaches, some of which are so little known that you might find yourself the only person there, especially in the early morning.
*Thailand has had some of the world’s most stringent CoVid-19 measures but they are being relaxed. As from 1 June 2022, bars will be allowed to re-open and to serve alcohol until midnight.
You may require a visa to enter Thailand.
It is your responsibility to ascertain what visa you and any guests travelling with you will be required to obtain and whether such visas can be obtained on arrival.
BE CAUTIOUS: there is a great deal of false information available on the internet. Also, there are many companies with websites that look very official but which are in fact companies that charge a fee for filling in forms. This includes a large number of sites with "thaiembassy" in their name.