UNODC assists Senegal in its fight against money-laundering

An intensive training on financial investigation delivered to Senegalese authorities ended on 22 May. Organized by UNODC, through its Global Programme against Money-Laundering (GPML), the training sessions on investigative means to fight money-laundering took place in schools and training centres of Dakar, between April and May 2015.

With the financial support of the US government agency Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs - INL, this activity was conducted in order to identify national trainers, able to replicate the training received on financial investigation and the fight against money-laundering. The majority of candidates taking part in the workshop were from the police, gendarmerie, customs officers, judicial authorities and the National Unit of Financial Intelligence Processing (FIU).

UNODC also relied on highly qualified experts from France and Morocco, with equally varied profiles (magistrate, police and customs officers) to provide their inputs and share their experiences.

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UNODC experts and workshop participants

This training was also an opportunity for UNODC to highlight the importance of national coordination and communication between the different departments in charge of investigating money-laundering offences. Through their exchange of expertise, experiences and best practices, the representatives of these organizations illustrated that a financial investigation is only effective if all stakeholders collaborate to fight against money-laundering and recover the profits generated by transnational organized crime.

Built around training modules and workshops, thematic sessions and practical exercises, the event received the support from the FIU and Senegalese centres and training schools, such as the Judicial Training Centre, the School of Officers of the National Gendarmerie and the National School of Police.

In recent years, West Africa has become one of the most important poles of transnational organized crime, mostly hit by corruption, money-laundering and trafficking of all kinds. Money-laundering is especially known in the region from investments in real estate and money transfers abroad.

Following the creation of the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for West Africa (ARIN-WA), Niger registered its first ever conviction for money-laundering, setting a precedent for countries in the Sahel region.

As guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), UNODC aims to strengthen Member States' capacity to implement measures against money-laundering and terrorism financing, while also promoting the use of international standards and instruments to facilitate the detection, seizure and confiscation of illegal earnings.

Further information:

UNODC and money-laundering in West Africa

UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

Contribution of UNODC to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel