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    DELEGATION OF RUSSIAN AUDIT CHAMBER TO VISIT USA ON APRIL 5-7

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    MOSCOW, April 2, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- A delegation of the Russian Audit Chamber led by its chairman Sergei Stepashin will pay an official visit to the USA on April 5-7, says a report of the Audit Chamber received by RIA Novosti on Friday.

    During the forthcoming talks with David Walker, the comptroller general of the USA, the sides will discuss cooperation between the highest bodies of state financial control of the two countries in revealing the channels of financing international terrorism and in combating money-laundering. Apart from that, the sides will examine the possibilities of intensifying participation by the audit bodies of the two countries in such fields of Russian-US relations as trade-investment ties, cooperation in the sphere of information technologies, cooperation in eliminating chemical weapons.

    Mr. Stepashin will take part in a meeting of the working group of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions on money laundering. It was created at the initiative of the Russian Audit Chamber last year with a view to pooling the efforts of the audit bodies of over 170 countries in revealing the sources of financing international terrorism.

    Apart from that, Mr. Stepashin will deliver a speech during a discussion on combating money laundering to be held with the participation of members of the US government and representatives of international financial organizations. The discussion is organized under the aegis of the US comptroller and is held along the line of the World Bank, IMF and FATF.

    Mr. Stepashin will also meet with US lawmakers and businessmen.

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