COUNTRY OF THE MONTH : TOGO
From 17 to 19 November in Lomé, about thirty representatives of decentralised financial systems (DFS) and their supervisory authorities attended a training session organised by the project.
The training was held in the presence of the European Union Delegation in Togo, the French Embassy and the French Development Agency and aimed at increasing the knowledge of the DFSs subject to AML/-FT obligations, and at strengthening the capacities of the supervisors of this sector to ensure the efficacity of their control missions.
In this video, the President of the FIU of Togo and two participants in the training tell us more about the importance of the support provided by the OCWAR–M project.
SECOND TRAINING OF THE ACTORS OF THE AML-CFT CRIMINAL CHAIN
The second training session for future national trainers of the AML-CFT criminal chain from the eleven Francophone and Lusophone countries supported by the OCWAR-M project was held from 20 to 22 October 2021 in Dakar. This training, organised in partnership with the French Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature (ENM, National School of Magistrates), focused on “investigations” and followed on from the one organised online from 25 to 27 May 2021 on the theme of “detection of the offence”.
One of the key activities of the OCWAR-M project is the reinforcement of the efficiency of the criminal chain in the fight against ML-FT crimes, especially through the training and specialisation of its actors. As was the case last May, 55 participants attended the training – five per country, corresponding to the five key functions of the AML-CFT criminal chain : a representative of a financial intelligence unit (FIU), a judicial police officer and three magistrates (prosecution, investigation, court). They were all selected for their proven and recognised experience in the field, in conjunction with the FIUs of the countries concerned.
From 9 to 10 November, the regional meeting of heads of cybercrime units was held in Accra, Ghana. GIABA and OCWAR-M, represented by Claire Dollmann, legal expert of the project, took part in this important meeting organised by the OCWAR-C project – The West African response to cybercrime, also implemented by Exertise France and funded by the European Union. This meeting was an opportunity to recall the many links between cybercrimes and ML-FT crimes, on which OCWAR-M and OCWAR-C will work jointly in 2022.
The 8th Annual Plenary Assembly of ARINWA (Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for West Africa) was held from 10 to 12 November 2021 in Praia, Cabo Verde. Samuel Diop, the Banking, Finance and Supervision expert OCWAR-M, represented the project at this important event, which brought together members of this informal network for information exchange on asset recovery, confiscation and money laundering in West Africa.
The third training of trainers for AML-CFT criminal chain actors of the eleven Francophone and Lusophone countries covered by the project was held in Dakar from 1 to 3 December 2021. During these three days, the 55 participants enriched their knowledge on the second pillar of the training: the seizure and recovery of criminal assets.