June was marked by the resumption of on-site activities in Senegal, where five workshops were held. It was a pleasure to see you again!
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COUNTRY OF THE MONTH : SENEGAL
As part of the AML-CFT capacity building activity for the Senegalese notary profession, the OCWAR-M project and the Chamber of Notaries of Senegal organized a workshop on July 1, 2021 in Dakar. The aim of this workshop was to present the diagnosis on the AML-CFT compliance of the notary profession in Senegal and to validate the action plan resulting from this diagnosis. It was held in the presence of the Directorate of Civil Affairs and Seal of the Ministry of Justice, the supervisory body of the sector, and representatives of the profession. The President of the Chamber of Notaries, Me Alioune Ka, and Me Fatou Mballo, consultant for the project, tell us more about the support offered by OCWAR-M and the Chamber of Notaries of Senegal to its members.
MAURITANIA: CONSOLIDATION OF THE ACTION PLAN RESULTING FROM THE NATIONAL AML-CFT STRATEGY, DISSEMINATION OF THE RESULTS OF THE 2018 NRA AND SUPPORT TO UMEF WITH ITS APPLICATION TO THE EGMONT GROUP
One of the main requirements defined by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is the good understanding of the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing (ML-FT) by States and the national actors involved in the fight against financial crime. To meet this requirement, the Mauritanian Financial Investigations Unit (UMEF) has requested the support of the OCWAR-M project to disseminate the results of its National Risk Assessment (NRA) finalized in 2018.
Launch of the IT Community of Practice.The IT Community of Practice was officially launched on June 16, 2021, during a workshop that brought together representatives and IT managers of the financial intelligence units of the 15 ECOWAS Member States. This workshop allowed participants to exchange on the way to achieve the objectives of this community: fostering mutual learning, solution finding and innovation in the use of information technology for AML-CFT.
National ML-FT Risk Assessment for NPOs in Senegal: organization of the first workshop. A first workshop for Senegalese non-profit organizations (NPOs) was held in Dakar on June 30, 2021 under the aegis of their supervisory authority, the Ministry of the Interior. On this occasion, the three consultants in charge of the national ML-FT risk assessment related to NPOs presented the objectives and the proposed methodology to twenty NPO representatives, in the presence of CENTIF and representatives of the Ministries of Interior, Finance, Justice and Foreign Affairs.
Workshop on the strengthening of the penal chain in Senegal. One of the key activities of the OCWAR-M project is the strengthening of the actors of the penal chain in its partner countries, particularly in Senegal, which benefits from an enhanced support as a pilot country. In this context, a college of national experts conducted a diagnosis of the country’s AML-CFT system and its weaknesses, and proposed an action plan to increase its effectiveness. These documents were presented and validated during a workshop held on June 29, 2021 in Dakar with thirty participants, under the auspices of the Directorate of Criminal Affairs and Pardons (DACG) of the Ministry of Justice and CENTIF.
Awareness-raising for the supervisory authority of public accountants: organization of two training sessions. On June 28 and July 2, 2021, the Senegalese General Directorate of Taxes and Domains (DGID) and the OCWAR-M project conducted two awareness sessions for representatives of this administration. The DGID has the particularity of being both subject to AML-CFT obligations and a supervisory authority for public accountants. For more information, you will soon find on our website and our social networks the interview of Mr. Cheikh Hady DIEYE, Director of Intelligence and Tax Control Strategies at the DGID.