COUNTRY OF THE MONTH : LIBERIA
Liberia is one of the countries supported by the project with its application to the Egmont Group. In this video, Mr. Edwin Harris, Director of the Liberian Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), and Prof. Rob McCusker, OCWAR-M expert, tell us more about this country’s application to the global club of FIUs and the assistance provided by OCWAR-M in this process.
STRENGTHENING OF THE FRANCOPHONE AND LUSOPHONE CRIMINAL CHAIN: ORGANISATION OF THE FIRST REGIONAL TRAINING
The strengthening of the AML-CFT criminal chain through the training and specialisation of its actors is one of the key activities of the OCWAR-M project. In order to meet the needs of the trained actors, OCWAR-M offers specific support to the eleven Francophone and Lusophone continental law partner countries¹ of the project. This activity is implemented in partnership with the French Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM, National School of Magistrates), which has built a solid experience in international judicial training, and with which Expertise France signed an agreement in August 2020.
Reinforcement of the Senegalese notary’s office: completion of a study and an action plan. As a pilot country, Senegal benefits from a specific support to strengthen the capacities of the actors in its real estate sector, notably notaries. Mrs Fatou Mballo, OCWAR-M expert, has carried out a diagnosis of the Senegalese notary’s profession in the implementation of its AML-CFT obligations. The study, which includes recommendations for notaries and their supervisors, and the action plan will be presented to all stakeholders by July, enabling the start of the implementation of the activities in the coming months.
Diagnoses of the Francophone and Lusophone Bar associations. As part of the activity supporting the Bar associations of the eleven Francophone and Lusophone partner countries of the project, Sylvain Sankalé, an OCWAR-M regional consultant, carried out an inventory of the regulations concerning Bar associations in each country, in the form of a diagnosis. These national diagnoses led to the development of national action plans, which are currently being finalised. The implementation of these action plans will be validated during the next regional Forum on AML-CFT compliance of Bar associations, which will be held under the aegis of GIABA with representatives from the Bar associations of ECOWAS Member States, including the Anglophone countries, for which a specific activity is underway with the partnership of GIZ.
Participation of the OCWAR-M project in the 35th GIABA Technical Commission/Plenary in Lomé (Togo). The OCWAR-M project virtually attended the 35th GIABA Technical Commission and Plenary Session which was held in Lomé from 16 to 21 May 2021. This session was notably the occasion to present the vulnerability study of the casino and gambling sector in six countries to the GIABA Member States, in order to collect their comments and finalize this report. In addition, OCWAR-M presented its ongoing activities and the main results already achieved by the project during the sequence dedicated to the technical and financial partners of GIABA.