EL PAcCTO has organised a workshop to strengthen coordination between Latin American countries in their fight against money laundering
With the aim of bolstering cooperation between Latin American countries, coordination between institutions, and legislation to combat money laundering, EL PAcCTO organised a workshop on this topic in São Paulo, Brazil. The programme, which is funded by the European Union and managed by FIIAPP and Expertise France, in cooperation with the Italo-Latin American Institute and the Camões Institute of Portugal, brought together 17 countries from the region.
EL PAcCTO, which is combating money laundering as part of its goal to fight cross-border organised crime, brought together, for the very first time, representatives of the police, public prosecution services and financial intelligence units of several Latin American countries, in addition to EUROPOL and GAFILAT, represented by its Executive Secretariat.
The workshop allowed these different institutions to exchange experiences and best practices regarding their ways of working and, in addition, those attending discussed how to improve cooperation mechanisms so as to more effectively combat money laundering.
Among other conclusions, the participating countries agreed to create or strengthen working networks to combat money laundering, especially among the police, law enforcement and financial intelligence units, to strengthen coordination between institutions to ensure there is a firmer response, and to standardise anti-money laundering legislation more effectively in the different countries of Latin America.