Methods & Trends

Typologies Working Group (TYWG)

Since its inception in 2003, the APG Typologies Working Group (the Working Group) has formed a central part of an integrated APG Typologies Framework to manage and enhance the APG’s typologies work both within the APG region and globally. The approach taken by the Working Group has proved very successful in managing the APG’s typologies activities, as well as in ensuring that APG regional experience is appropriately reflected in global typologies research and reports.

The TYWG has consisted of a dedicated group of committed practitioners, chaired by representatives from two jurisdictions, undertaking a detailed process of collection and analysis of information and case studies and the subsequent development of a range of typologies products. The TYWG has formed project teams to lead in-depth studies of particular issues.

The APG’s typologies programme is highly regarded, with the results of the work being sought after by a wide range of stakeholders. In recent years these products have included in-depth studies on Trade-based Money Laundering (2012); Money Laundering Associated with Large-Scale Transnational Frauds (2011) and TF and ML Vulnerabilities from Non-Profit Organisations (2011), all of which can be found in the documents section of this website.

Reflecting the expertise of the APG TYWG, many of its participants have been regularly called upon to offer their experience as APG experts on typologies project teams for the FATF and other AML/CFT partner organisations.

Role of the TYWG

The role of the Working Group is to:

  • Undertake a series of coordinated and intensive examination and study of particular AML/CFT method or trends.
  • Promotes awareness, education and outreach through publication of typologies reports for APG members and the wider AML/CFT stakeholders.
  • Support and develop a network of APG experts on key typologies issues.
  • Act as an advisory group to provide practical assistance on planning and running APG typologies workshops and support for the APG typologies collection framework.
  • Act as an advisory group in support of the APG’s contribution to global typologies projects and typologies coordination efforts.
  • Act as an advisory group to promote and support joint typologies work with other FSRBs, the FATF and Egmont Group and sub-regional bodies.
  • Act as an advisory group to promote and support mechanisms for the APG to more effectively engage with representatives of the AML/CFT-related academic research and private sectors.

Functions of the TYWG

The APG Typologies Working Group will:

  • Provide practical advice concerning issues relating to the APG Typologies Framework including practical advice on collection and analysis issues and on themes and topics for APG typologies workshops.
  • Collect, compile, analyse and publish typologies information, intelligence and case studies on priority typologies topics to identify trends and patterns in methods of money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
  • Report to APG members on the findings of the Working Group on priority typologies topics.
  • Develop guidance materials, in association with the APG Implementation Issues Working Group (IIWG) and Donors and Providers (DAP) Group, to assist jurisdictions to develop effective counter-measures against the ML/FT/PF risks and vulnerabilities identified by research into priority typologies topics, including inter alia legislative responses, regulatory responses and investigative strategies.
  • Support a network of APG Typologies experts to develop and maintain expertise on key typologies topics and to represent the APG at relevant AML/CFT typologies events.
  • Liaise with typologies partners, including the global AML/CFT network, strategic observers and academic research and private sector organisations to exchange information and case studies on priority typologies topics.

Membership of the TYWG

Membership of the APG Typologies Working Group is inclusive and is open to all APG members and observers.

The two current Co-Chairs are Fiji and Mongolia.