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AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN) AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CONCERNING COOPERATION IN THE EXCHANGE OF INTELLIGENCE RELATED TO MONEY LAUNDERING AND FINANCING OF TERRORISM-1

The competent authorities of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (TheAnti-Money Laundering Division, Investigation Bureau, Ministryof Justice, the designated authority under the Money LaunderingControl Act of 1997, with its head office at 74, Zhonghua Rd.,Xindian District, New Taipei City) and the Dominican Republic(The National Anti-Money Laundering Commitee (CONCLA), NationalInstitution of the Dominican Republic, established under Law No.72-02 dated June 7, 2002, located at Federico Henriquez yCarvajal Street No. 11, Gazcue, Santo Domingo, NationalDistrict, Capital of The Dominican Republic), hereinafterreferred to as “ the Authorities ”, desire, in a spirit ofcooperation and mutual interest, to facilitate the investigationand prosecution of persons suspected of money laundering andcriminal activities related to money laundering and financing ofterrorism.WHEREAS: Transnational money laundering requires internationalcooperation to cope with it effectively.WHEREAS: One effective way to combat organized crime is to seizeand eliminate the profits derived from criminal economicactivity.WHEREAS: Cooperation among countries is required to combat thisactivity, in accordance with the domestic laws of each countryand the norms of international law.To that end the Authorities have reached the followingunderstanding:Article 1The Authorities shall cooperate to assemble, develop and analyseinformation in their possession concerning financialtransactions suspected of being related to money laundering andfinancing of terrorism or financial transactions of criminalactivities connected with money laundering and financing ofterrorism. To that end, the Authorities shall exchangespontaneously or upon request, any available information thatmay be relevant to the investigation by the Authorities intofinancial transactions related to money laundering, financing ofterrorism and persons or companies involved. Any requests forinformation will be justified by a brief statement of theunderlying facts.Article 2The requesting Authority shall provide the requested Authoritywith the reason for the request to enable the Authority todetermine whether the application complies with its domesticlaws.Article 3The Authorities shall not permit the use or release of anyinformation or document obtained from the respective Authoritiesfor purposes other than those stated in the request. Theinformation or documents obtained from the respectiveAuthorities shall not be disseminated to any third party, nor beused for administrative, prosecutorial or judicial purposeswithout prior consent of the disclosing Authority. It isunderstood that information obtained in accordance with thisAgreement shall only be used in justice when related to moneylaundering, the financing of terrorism and related crimes.Article 4The information acquired in application of this Agreement isconfidential. It is subject to official secrecy and is protectedby at least the same confidentiality as provided by the nationallegislation of the receiving Authority for similar informationfrom national sources.Article 5The Authorities are under no obligation to give assistance ifjudicial proceedings have already been initiated concerning thesame facts as the request is related to.Article 6The Authorities shall jointly arrange, consistent with thelegislation of their respective countries, for acceptableprocedures of communication and shall consult each other withthe purpose of implementing this Agreement.Article 7Communication between the Authorities shall take place in theEnglish language as much as possible.Article 8This Agreement shall become effective upon the date of signatureby the Authorities and may be amended at any time by mutualconsent in written document. This Agreement is revocable at anytime. The termination will become effective 30 days after thereception of the written notification from the other Authority.Notwithstanding the termination of the Agreement, Article 4shall remain in application.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being duly authorized bytheir respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.Signed in duplicate, on this 6th of November, 2012 at Taipei, inthe Chinese, Spanish and English languages, three texts beingequally authentic. In case of divergence in the interpretationof this Agreement, the English text shall prevail.FOR THE FOR THE NATIONALINVESTIGATION ANTI-MONEYBUREAU, MINISTRY OF LAUNDERINGJUSTICE, REPUBLIC OF COMMITEE, THECHINA (TAIWAN) DOMINICAN REPUBLICFu-Lin WANG Dr. Fidias F. AristyDirector General Pesident