The EU-ACT project, which is financed by the EU, organized a workshop to strengthen regional cooperation between public prosecutors and financial investigators in Kazakhstan
Some 25 experts from 11 countries took part in a regional workshop on the Financial Disruption of Illicit Financial Flows Associated with Transnational Organized Crime. The meeting took place at the Central Asia Regional Centre for Cooperation and Information Exchange in the Fight against Drug Trafficking(CARICC) in Almaty (Kazakhstan).
The EU-ACT project to fight drugs and organized crime, financed by the European Union and managed by FIIAPP, organized the workshop in conjunction with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC – “Regional Programme for Afghanistan and neighbouring countries”). The aim of the workshop was to strengthen cooperation on financial investigations, and to facilitate contact between the Financial Intelligence Units, public prosecutors and investigators.
In particular, the participants reviewed current legislation on financial investigation and discussed the points that can make regional cooperation difficult. They also took part in a practical exercise on this topic with EU experts.
Manuel Marión, subdirector of the EU-ACT, noted that the project gives assistance to this type of activity in order to set up and strengthen professional networks of public prosecutors and investigators, with joint exercises, information exchanges and operational meetings. As part of the workshop, Marión met with the deputy director of CARICC and a representative of the Eurasia Group (EAG) against the financing of terrorism to analyse the opportunities for cooperation.