Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries

Financial Disruption of illicit financial flows associated with transnational organised crime and corruption 

Almaty, Kazakhstan, 5 - 7 October 2016 

UNODC, under its Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries under Sub- Programme 2 "International/regional Cooperation in Legal Matters", in cooperation with the Global Programme against Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism (GPML) and the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre (CARICC) , organised an inter-regional workshop on " Financial Disruption of illicit financial flows associated with transnational organised crime and corruption" in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 5 to 7 October 2016

The event was attended by 28 experts on Anti-Money laundering from law enforcement agencies, FIUs, prosecuting authorities and international organizations. Participating countries included I.R. Afghanistan, I.R. Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, I.R. Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, USA, Uzbekistan, CARICC UNODC and the Eurasian Group (EAG).

The workshop aimed at sharing experiences and best practices at the inter-regional level on the financing of organised crime and corruption along with discussions and analysis of trafficking routes. Additionally, technical assistance capabilities and initiatives were presented by UNODC, EAG and CARICC.

Experts from all participating countries had the opportunity to present the prevailing criminal justice system from their respective countries. 

During the 3 day event a large number of topics was discussed including: transnational cash courier networks, import/export fraud, free trade zones, importance of MVTS to migrant remittances and fragile economies, abuse of MVTS, including of unwitting money service providers, sensitive investigative techniques (informants, interception of communications, covert surveillance), and the use of bearer negotiable instruments (e.g. signed cheques with no recipient)

At the end of the event participants expressed their appreciation to UNODC for the assistance provided and requested UNODC to consider the possibility to "institutionalize" this kind of event and convene it on a biannual basis.

UNODC thanks the European Union and Finland for funding the event.