New Experience of the Competent Authorities of the Republic of Tajikistan in the Field of Countering Financing of Terrorism

25-28 February 2020, Dushanbe, Tajikistan - UNODC jointly with OSCE implemented the next stage of the Programme on countering financing of terrorism by conducting a 4-day training course on disruption of financial flows associated with financing of terrorism. 20 officers of Tajik law enforcement agencies, including the Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Prosecutor’s Office, State Committee of National Security and Financial Monitoring Department of the National Bank of the Republic of Tajikistan, acquired practical skills in the field of detection and disruption of financial flows associated with financing of terrorism.

In his opening remarks Mr. Aliaksandr Vadziany, the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia Advisor on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism, noted that “countering financing of terrorism is one of the serious challenges for the Central Asian countries and the Republic of Tajikistan. UNODC efforts are aimed at supporting Tajik competent authorities’ initiatives and building their capacity on disrupting illicit financial flows related to terrorist activities. A pool of national experts capable to effectively counter financing of terrorist activities is being established through exchange of knowledge and advanced experience.”

“In addition to interagency co-operation, this course provides a unique platform for professionals to explore new instruments and techniques to counter terrorist financing, while underlying the importance of having investigations abide by international human rights norms and standards,” said Mr. Florian Razesberger, Head of the OSCE Programme Office’s Politico-Military Department in Dushanbe.

The training covered the aspects of use of existing Tajik national legislation framework and international mechanisms in the field of combatting financing of terrorism. The team of experts also focused on inter-agency cooperation in course of investigation of criminal cases of illicit cash flows directed to fund terrorist activity in the country.

As a result of the training course, the participants agreed to use acquired knowledge while elaborating recommendations on investigation of cases related to financing of terrorist activities. UNODC experts are ready to provide required expert support to the officers of competent Tajik authorities in course of elaboration of such recommendations.

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