The US Embassy in Qatar convened a group of Qatari officials who recently returned from the United States on an International Visitor Leading Program (IVLP) trip focused on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT).  

The US Embassy in Qatar and the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) organised the ten-day trip to New York City and Washington, DC.

IVLP Exchange PhotoThis IVLP, tailor-made for the Qatari government, facilitated participants’ exchange with US government counterparts and private sector partners on the development and implementation of an AML/CFT regime, including regulatory, sanctions and enforcement activities.

According to Chargé d’Affaires Natalie Baker, the US and Qatar stand together in an effort to combat illicit finance. She said that the exchange programme was an important opportunity for Qatari officials and their US counterparts to share experiences, and enhance partnership to protect the global financial system.

The programme’s activities underscored the multi-stakeholder engagement necessary to effectively combat illicit finance, mitigating the risks posed by virtual assets and their exchanges to the international financial system, and shared US values of transparency in governance.

The IVLP is a flagship programme of ECA that provides emerging leaders from around the world with the opportunity to learn about US culture, society and institutions.  The programme is designed to foster mutual understanding and cooperation between the United States and other countries.

For more information about the IVLP, visit the ECA website at

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