After a very rich year, during which we had to adapt our working methods to the sanitary context, it is a pleasure for all the OCWAR-M team to start 2021 at your side. The coming months will be marked by the launch of new activities and our continued support to our partners.
2021 will also see the effective start of our collaboration with Ghana, one of the two pilot countries of the project with Senegal.
We remain fully available and wish you all a successful year!
COUNTRY OF THE MONTH
THE GAMBIA : APPLICATION TO THE EGMONT GROUP
The Gambia is one of the countries supported by the project with its application to the Egmont Group. In this video, Mr. Alagie Darboe, Head of the Gambian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), tells us more about his country’s application to join this global club of FIUs and the assistance provided by OCWAR-M in this process.
STRENGTHENING OF THE CRIMINAL CHAIN IN THE ANGLOPHONE COUNTRIES
The activity supporting the AML/CFT criminal chain of the five Anglophone partner countries of the OCWAR-M project (The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone) starts in January 2021.
The objective of this activity is to build the capacity of actors of the AML/CFT-specific criminal chain in these five countries to increase the effectiveness of the handling of ML/FT crimes and the seizure of assets. National experts from the criminal chain have been identified in conjunction with the FIUs and recruited in these five Common law countries – 2 to 3 experts per country, including a judge and/or prosecutor and/or investigator and/or analyst – in order to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the national systems and to consider appropriate training and support measures for activities in 2021-2022; these national experts are working with our team of international experts and key OCWAR-M experts.
THE PROJECT NEWS
OCWAR-M supported the National AML/CFT Coordination Committee of Côte d’Ivoire in the drafting of its national strategy. This activity enabled the Ivorian National AML/CFT Coordination Committee to draft a robust strategy in line with international standards and consistent with the national risk assessment and action plan.
In December 2020, a series of three training sessions for reporting entities and supervisors of the microfinance sector and Change offices was organised on-site in Benin and Côte d’Ivoire and online in Senegal. These trainings were also an opportunity to improve the guidelines and procedure manuals drafted for these financial institutions.
A preliminary study on National AML/CFT coordination systems has been launched in the 15 ECOWAS countries and Mauritania with a view to organizing a regional workshop on the matter in 2021. The mission will be led by the expert Stella Attakpah, under the aegis of the Expertise Advisors firm.