The OCWAR-M news | N°12

COUNTRY OF THE MONTH : GUINEA BISSAU

The Egmont Group is a “club” of 167 Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs). It provides a platform for the secure exchange of financial expertise and information to combat money laundering and terrorist financing (ML-FT).

In the region covered by the OCWAR-M project, six FIUs are not yet members of the Egmont Group, including the FIU of Guinea-Bissau. This country, like the other five non-member countries, wishes to join the Egmont Group to benefit from its activities and secure exchange platform.

FEATURED

AWARENESS-RAISING FOR THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SENEGALESE GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF TAXES AND DOMAINS

OCWAR-M is working with the Senegalese General Directorate of Taxes and Domains (“Direction Générale des Impôts et des Domaines” – DGID) : this administration has the particularity of being both subject to AML-CFT obligations and a supervisory authority for accountants.

Since June 2021, more than a hundred representatives of the DGID have benefited from awareness-raising sessions. Those sessions dealt with the compliance obligations defined by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the role of this administration as a supervisory authority. In this video, Mr. Cheikh Hady Dieye, Director of Intelligence and Tax Control Strategies at the DGID, tells us more about the support provided by OCWAR-M.

EXPERT PORTRAIT

The OCWAR-M project works with a large network of experts. In this 12th edition of our newsletter,

We are launching a new section, in which we will present these experts. This month, we give the floor to four experts who contributed to our activity on the strengthening of the AML-CFT criminal chain in French and Portuguese speaking countries. Serge Tournaire and Francis Mardonao, experts from the French National School of Magistrates, and Cheikh Bamba Niang and Mamadou Thiandoum, West African regional experts, specifically worked on the seizure and confiscation of criminal assets.

PROJECT NEWS

From 20 to 22 September, the workshop on the links between money laundering, terrorist financing and cybercrime was held in Abidjan under the aegis of GIABA. OCWAR-M participated in this workshop alongside the OCWAR-C project, the West African response to Cybercrime, also implemented by Expertise France and funded by the European Union.

PRESS REVIEW

ABOUT OCWAR-M

Abidjan abrite des réflexions sur la cybersécurité dans l’espace CEDEAO (Abidjan.net, 28/09/2021)

AFRICA

Côte d’Ivoire: Le GIABA exhorte à un renforcement des dispositifs de lutte contre le blanchiment de capitaux dans la sous région (La Diplomatique, 19/08/2021)

Lutte contre le blanchiment d’argent : Kimelabalou Aba (Dg du Giaba) salue les efforts de la Gambie (L’Infodrome, 25/08/2021)

Lutte contre le blanchiment au Mali : Le gouvernement se muscle (Mali tribune via Maliweb, 01/09/2021)

Togo : Les journalistes renforcent leurs compétences sur la corruption et le blanchiment d’argent (Togo Presse, 02/09/2021)

Change informel de devises : source de blanchiment de capitaux et financement du terrorisme (L’économiste du Faso, 06/09/2021)

FMI : la Côte d’Ivoire a décidé de se doter d’un plan national de lutte contre la corruption (AbidjanTv, 18/09/2021)

Nigeria : ‘Beneficial ownership register vital in anti-corruption campaign’ (Guardian, 19/09/2021)

Lawmakers Support Liberia’s Quest To Fight Illicit Financial Practices, Vow To Strengthen Financial Unit Regulatory Framework (Front Page Africa, 21/09/2021)

GIABA Commences Training On Cross-Border Cash Smuggling (Daily Trust, 22/09/2021)

INTERNATIONAL

Biens mal acquis : quand les milliards de l’Afrique rachètent des villas américaines (Jeune Afrique, 20/08/2021)

Côte d’Ivoire : Govt cracks down on corruption (Agence Ecofin, 16/09/2021)

Burkina Faso : démantèlement d’un vaste réseau de fraude sur le carburant (RFI, 23/09/2021)

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