The OCWAR-M news | N°15

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This month, OCWAR-M presents a special edition on the strengthening of the Bars in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing (AML/CFT) !

Indeed, the legal professions, in particular lawyers, are among the designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs) that have a key role to play in AML/CFT.

The OCWAR-M project is therefore committed to providing specific support to the Bars of its partner countries, which we invite you to discover in this 15th issue of our newsletter.

COUNTRY OF THE MONTH : BURKINA FASO

Watch the interview of Maître Siaka NIAMBA, President of the Burkina Faso Bar

THE AML/CFT COMPLIANCE CHALLENGE OF FRANCOPHONE AND LUSOPHONE BARS IN ECOWAS MEMBER STATES AND MAURITANIA

Francophone and Lusophone Bar Presidents in Dakar, February 3, 2022

Since the first Regional Forum on AML/CFT Compliance of the Bars of the GIABA Member States, which was held on February 10-12, 2020, OCWAR-M has been supporting the Bars of the Lusophone and Francophone partner countries of the project.

Indeed, due to the financial flows that transit through lawyers’ offices, this profession can be particularly exposed to the risks of money laundering or terrorist financing and, in its capacity as a “DNFBP” (designated non-financial businesses and professions), become a vector against its will.

It is essential that, while respecting the self-regulation of their profession, mechanisms are put in place so that lawyers can remain the guarantor of the fundamental rights of the citizen through their independence and in respect of professional secrecy, while contributing to the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

The requirements of the fight against money laundering are imposed on all professionals and the financial intelligence units must be able to count on an active participation of the Bars in this fight.

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EXPERT PORTRAIT 

Watch the interview of Sylvain Sankalé, regional consultant on the Bars AML/CFT compliance activity.

NEWS ABOUT OCWAR-M

Strengthening whistleblowers: launch of the training activity for lawyers and investigative journalists

In partnership with PPLAAF, the OCWAR-M project is implementing a capacity building activity for West African investigative journalists and lawyers to foster the emergence of whistleblowers in the region. Lawyers and investigative journalists throughout the region will receive training on financial criminality and whistleblower protection. Lawyers in Senegal and Mauritania have already benefited from an awareness-raising session on this topic. To learn more, watch our

PRESS REVIEW

AFRICA

Les dirigeants africains invités à mettre fin aux sorties de fonds illicites – Journal du niger

Côte d’Ivoire : le Pôle pénal économique et financier (Ivoire Soir, 02/02/2022)

96 terrorism financiers uncovered in Nigeria (AfricaNews, 04/02/2022)

Côte d’Ivoire : Les experts-comptables sensibilisés sur le blanchiment des capitaux et le financement du terrorisme (Afrik Soir, 09/03/2022)

Haute Autorité pour la Bonne Gouvernance : Session d’information des journalistes sur la dénonciation des faits de corruption en Côte d’Ivoire (Afrik Soir, 11/03/2022)

Uemoa : Les experts de la lutte contre le blanchiment d’argent en conclave à Lomé (Togo First, 15/03/2022)

Casinos et jeux de hasard: Les graves révélations d’un rapport sur la Côte d’Ivoire (L’infodrome, 15/03/2022)

Côte d’Ivoire : adopte un projet contre le blanchiment (Ivoire Soir, 31/03/2022)

Buhari Seeks Passage Of Money Laundering, Terrorism Prevention Bills (The Interview,14/04/2022)

INTERNATIONAL

Africa’s whistleblowers pay the high price of truth (Die Welle, 16/03/2021)

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