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06 August 2015

Corruption and financial crime focus of INTERPOL training in Botswana

GABORONE, Botswana – Heads of anti-corruption agencies, senior investigators and prosecutors came together in Botswana to examining the latest legal tools and investigation techniques for the recovery of proceeds of corruption.

Coordinated by INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes Unit in partnership with the African Development Bank and the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre, the 12th Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery brought together some 22 participants from 15 countries in Africa, where corruption has been known to occur in international business transactions.

The three-day (4-6 August) workshop covered a variety of topics including corruption and money laundering, asset tracing and recovery, international cooperation in asset confiscation, emerging trends in electronic money and mobile payments, and the management of seized and recovered assets.

In his opening address, the Permanent Secretary to the President of Botswana, Carter Morupisi said: “With the increasing globalization of markets, services, goods and people, accompanied by the internationalization of illegal activities, including financial crimes, the international dimension of corruption has gained prominence and significance.”

Speakers from INTERPOL, World Bank (StAR), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Basel Institute on Governance, as well as national anti-corruption and prosecution agencies, shared their expertise with the participants.

Florence Freda Dennis, Division Manager, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department of the African Development Bank, highlighted the need for African law enforcement officials to ‘build a collaborative network to learn and share information on effective strategies to fight corruption which will ensure that there is no safe haven for the perpetuators of such crimes on the continent’.

The participants were principally from the member countries of the East African Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities and the Southern African Forum against Corruption.