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08 September 2016

INTERPOL strengthens cooperation in combating corruption in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya – Enhancing skills in asset recovery and money laundering investigations is the focus of a specialized training course for African law enforcement officers.

The 16th INTERPOL Global Programme on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery has gathered some 60 senior investigators, judges and prosecutors from 18 countries to share experiences and best practices for investigating cases of corruption and recovering stolen assets.

Topics to be discussed during the five-day (5-9 September) workshop include corruption and money laundering, practical guidelines for the tracing and recovery of stolen assets, international cooperation in corruption and asset recovery investigations, facilitating secure exchanges using INTERPOL policing capabilities, and the management of seized and recovered assets.

The workshop is coordinated by INTERPOL’s Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes unit in partnership with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission of Kenya (EACC), the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Kenya, the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR), and the European Union Horn of Africa project on Combating Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism. Funding was provided by the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs,

In his opening address, Ndegwa Muhoro, Director of the Kenya Directorate of Criminal Investigation said: “Research has established a strong linkage between corruption and other forms of crime, especially organized crime. Investigations into crimes such as terrorism, poaching, trafficking in humans, arms and drugs, the trade in counterfeits, and indeed many others have revealed corruption as an enabler of these crimes.”

Anti-corruption and financial crime experts from INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Bank, and national anti-corruption and prosecution agencies in the region will share their expertise during the training workshop.

Speaking to the participants, Denis Dressel, Programme Manager of the GIZ Good Governance Programme, said curbing illicit financial flows requires strong international cooperation and concerted action by developed and developing countries in partnership with the private sector and civil society.

Participating countries are Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso,  Burundi, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.