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06MANAMA707
2006-04-25 05:33:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Embassy Manama
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BAHRAIN: MENAFATF CAIRO DEMARCHE

Tags:   EFIN  ETTC  KTFN  PREL  PTER  BA  REGION  CTR 
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OO RUEHDE
DE RUEHMK #0707 1150533
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 250533Z APR 06
FM AMEMBASSY MANAMA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4559
INFO RUEHZM/GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC IMMEDIATE
						UNCLAS MANAMA 000707 

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR EB/ESC/TFS FOR BADKINS, S/CT FOR VNICHOLS,
NEA/ARP, IO/PSC FOR BFITZGERALD
TREASURY FOR DGLASER AND OFAC FOR RWERNER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EFIN ETTC KTFN PREL PTER BA REGION CTR
SUBJECT: BAHRAIN: MENAFATF CAIRO DEMARCHE

REF: STATE 59414

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED; PLEASE PROTECT ACCORDINGLY. NOT
FOR INTERNET DISTRIBUTION.



1. (SBU) Econoff and TreasAtt April 19 delivered reftel
demarche to Bahrain Monetary Agency (BMA) Compliance Director
Ahmed Bumtaia and provided him with a copy of the MENAFATF
Charities best practices paper. Bumtaia said he was
unfamiliar with the paper but promised to study it carefully.



2. (SBU) He noted that, in principle, individuals are
sensitive to the Islamic concept of anonymity in
charity-giving. He explained that the purpose of this
anonymity was to avoid receiving recognition for one's
charitable acts, and that revealing to whom one has donated
and how much tended to diminish the purity of the act. He
said that for this reason, donors feel their donations are
private matters that should not be subject to outside
scrutiny. Bumtaia said he countered this by asserting that,
for the donor's protection, the Compliance Directorate had
the responsibility to ensure that donations were going to
clean charities.



3. (U) Emboffs assured Bumtaia that the MENAFATF paper was a
local product reflecting regional collaboration. Bumtaia
promised to contact Emboffs with any questions or reactions
to the paper. He said it was likely that he would head
Bahrain's delegation to the Fourth Plenary, set for Doha in
September.


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