Besart Qerimi


This capstone project report considers the problem of money laundering globally and in Kosovo specifically. Since 1999 in Kosovo there has been an increase of money laundering. To make sure that this problem was addressed in Kosovo the Financial Intelligence Centre (1) has been mandated to investigate and combat money laundering and the associated terrorism. This project emphasizes the definition, phase, trends, methods phases and effects of money laundering. It also explains the role of the national and international organizations and initiatives in the fight against money laundering. This project will help the Ministry of Finance and the development of the Financial Intelligence Centre to further combat money laundering in Kosovo by strengthening of relevant institutions and by promoting the furtherance of their discussions and organization consistent with international agencies. These agencies include the United Nations, the European Council, and the Financial Action Task Force. This capstone project also assesses different countries’ legislative responses for money laundering. Recommendations are provided in more detail later on in this report. They are summarized here: • Legislation is needed to criminalize money laundering according to international standards. • An online reporting system for use by the Financial Intelligence Centre in Kosovo is required to enhance money laundering reporting and detection of suspicious activities. • A committee at ministerial level should be established for the prevention of money laundering. • Anti-Money Laundering training and guidelines should be established. • A public awareness campaign related to money laundering must be promoted more rigorously.

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Master's Project

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Professional Studies (CMS)


Bowen, Brian


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American University in Kosovo