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Refinitiv Releases Sub-Saharan Africa Financial Crime Report

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Refinitiv, a London Stock Exchange Group business, has released the results of its second financial crime report for Sub-Saharan Africa. This year, the survey highlights trends including low awareness of third-party exposure, high demand for advanced compliance technology, emerging supply chain risks, and lack of digital identity solutions in Know Your Customer protocols.

According to the report, only 28% of respondents have an ultimate beneficial ownership programme, more than 39% lack anti-bribery and corruption controls, and 55% of respondents do not have a cybercrime programme. The report also noted that only 3% of respondents view Environmental, Social, and Governance as a significant theme despite growing regulatory focus on the topic.

Nadim Najjar, managing director, data and analytics, Middle East and Africa, LSEG, comments: “Organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa still lack sound compliance programmes, although the report highlights a strong desire for compliance technology that offers improved data management and analytical capabilities.” The report surveyed risk and compliance professionals and business leaders across 47 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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